After administering more than 360,000 COVID-19 vaccination doses, Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre, the biggest in NSW, is making way for the return of the world’s biggest stars, athletes and events.
Since opening on 9 August 2021, the vaccination hub at Qudos Bank Arena has administered more than half of all vaccine doses in Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), highlighting the extensive efforts and commitment in keeping the community safe.
WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy said the mass COVID-19 vaccination centre has been one of the most significant operations in the Health District’s history.
“Staff from across WSLHD worked exceptionally hard to establish Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre in just 12 days, and then went on to vaccinate Sydneysiders against a virus that has claimed so many lives around the world,” Mr Loy said.
“I’m extremely proud of the total workforce of 2,700 people who continually showed up in the height of the pandemic to keep our community safe and to help re-open our state – and I can’t wait to see concerts return to Qudos Bank Arena.”
In its first week of operation, almost 16,000 year 12 students were vaccinated at Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre. This astonishing effort was followed by 50,000 doses for authorised workers from across western and south western Sydney as well as dedicated vaccination drives for emergency services workers, aged care workers, early childhood educators, teachers, 12-15 year olds and the LGBTIAQ+ community.
On its busiest day, Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre administered an astonishing 26 doses per minute, helping contribute to all Local Government Areas (LGAs) in western Sydney soaring above the 85 per cent double dose vaccinated mark.
Based on the most recently released statistics, Blacktown LGA is 94.8 per cent double dose vaccinated, Parramatta LGA at 89.3 per cent, Cumberland LGA at 86.5 per cent, and The Hills LGA is more than 95 per cent double dose vaccinated.
In delivering more than 360,000 COVID-19 vaccination doses, Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre has used 820,000 disinfecting wipes, 690,000 masks, 175,000 pairs of gloves and 7,000 litres of hand sanitiser.
The immense effort of the WSLHD team has been made possible by partnering with Qudos Bank Arena, Qantas, Baxter Healthcare, NSW Transport, ADF, PwC, SOPA, NSW Health Pathology, nurses from private hospitals, Western Sydney University and their students, NSW Police and PCYC who supported the District in this venture, along with the media for helping encourage people to get vaccinated.
As demand for second vaccination doses decreases, changes are being made to operations at Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre, including the removal of the forecourt tents, ahead of the final date of operations on Sunday, 7 November 2021.
Walk-in Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at Qudos Bank Arena until 7 November 2021 for both first and second doses.