COVID-19 Update – 5,394 new cases in western Sydney, 175 in intensive care– Wednesday, 12 January 2022

To Monday 10 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, 81.6 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 78.1 per cent have received two doses.

Of people aged 5 to 11, 1.8 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 14,135, 854 with 4,526,842 administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 9,669,012 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Monday 10 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 are now administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11 years old.  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

Sadly NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 21 people with COVID-19; 17 men and four women.

Seven of these deaths have been included following the conclusion of coronial investigations – four since 23 December 2021, one from September 2021 and two from October 2021.

One person was aged in their 30s, one person was aged in their 40s, two people were aged in their 50s, four people were aged in their 60s, six people were aged in their 70s, four people were aged in their 80s, two people were aged in their 90s and one person was aged 100+.

Of the 21 people who died; 12 were vaccinated, eight were not vaccinated and one person had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Four people were from south western Sydney, four people were from the Northern Beaches, four people were from south eastern Sydney, one person was from Inner Sydney, two people were from western Sydney, two people were from the Newcastle area, two people were from the Wollongong area and two people were from northern Sydney.

NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There are currently 2,242 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 175 people in intensive care, 54 of whom require ventilation.

There were 134,411 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 71,325.

NSW recorded 34,759 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.

118 COVID-19 cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 535,836.

Of the 34,759 cases reported to 8pm last night, 7,350 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 5,394 are from Western Sydney LHD, 3,911 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 3,410 are from Hunter New England LHD, 3,237 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 2,522 are from Sydney LHD, 2,169 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 1,345 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 1,054 are from Central Coast LHD, 962 are from Northern NSW LHD, 809 are from Western NSW LHD, 681 are from Murrumbidgee LHD, 467 are from Southern NSW LHD, 452 are from Mid North Coast LHD, 37 are from Far West LHD and 959 are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

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 of the people who will become positive do so within the first week after exposure, around a quarter 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 are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the self-isolation rules.

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.

There are COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.