To Saturday 8 January across NSW, 95.1 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 93.7 per cent have received two doses.
Of the people aged 12 to 15, 81.5 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 78.1 per cent have received two doses.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 14,071,024 with 4,489,075 administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 9,581,949 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Saturday 8 January 2022.
NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.
Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine are now available for people aged 18 and over. People aged 18 years and over are eligible for a booster if they had their second dose at least four months ago. We urge people to get their booster dose as soon as they are eligible, to best protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from the ongoing transmission of COVID-19.
We also strongly recommend that people aged 12 years and over who are severely immunocompromised have a third primary dose of vaccine from two months after their second dose.
NSW Health vaccination clinics across the state will begin to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11 years old from today, Monday January 10.
NSW Health is encouraging parents and caregivers to make a booking for vaccination at any NSW Health vaccination clinic, at a general practitioner, or a community pharmacy.
Case update- 18 deaths
Sadly NSW Health is reporting the deaths of 18 people; six women, 11 men, and a child aged under five.
Of the six women and 11 men, one was aged in their 30s, three were aged in their 60s, four were aged in their 70s, seven were aged in their 80s and two were aged in their 90s.
Four people were from south western Sydney, three people were from western Sydney, two people were from the Hunter region, two people were from southern Sydney, two people were from Sydney’s inner west, one person was from northern Sydney, one person was from Sydney’s inner city, one person was from eastern Sydney, one person was from the Riverina region, and one person was from Penrith.
The child from south western Sydney died at home and had significant underlying health conditions.
The man in his 30s from eastern Sydney died at Prince of Wales Hospital.
NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones.
There are currently 2,030 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 159 people in intensive care, 47 of whom require ventilation.
There were 84,333 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 98,986.
NSW recorded 20,293 new cases of COVID-19 detected by PCR testing in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. As increasingly people follow NSW Health’s advice to use rapid antigen tests for diagnosing COVID-19, the number of PCR tests will underestimate the true number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Of the 20,293 cases reported to 8pm last night, 3,654 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,230 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 2,660 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 2,095 are from Sydney LHD, 1,811 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 1,231 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 1,115 are from Hunter New England LHD, 888 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 778 are from Northern NSW LHD, 605 are from Central Coast LHD, 520 are from Western NSW LHD, 500 are from Murrumbidgee LHD, 374 are from Southern NSW LHD, 338 are from Mid North Coast LHD, 43 are from Far West LHD, one is in a correctional setting, and 450 are yet to be assigned to an LHD.
Eighty-two COVID-19 cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 475,542.
Be COVID safe, get tested
People are at risk of developing COVID-19 for 14 days after they were last in contact with a COVID-positive person, so it is important to take precautions during this time. While most people will become positive within the first week after exposure, around a quarter of people exposed to COVID-19 will develop their infection in the following seven days. If you have had a high-risk interaction with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to exercise caution and avoid high-risk settings and large indoor gatherings for 14 days after you last had contact with them.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms it is still important that you have a test and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.