In just over a week, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has administered 5,000 vaccinations to kids aged 5 to 11 at Western Sydney clinics at The Granville Centre Vaccination Clinic and Blacktown Hospital Vaccination Clinic.
Seven-year-old Riyaan Shah from Homebush was one of the first 5,000 children to receive his vaccination at The Granville Centre.
“At the start of the year, I was counting down how many days until my vaccination,” Riyaan said.
“After you do the vaccination, it just hurts for two minutes and then it’s gone. I just stayed calm.”
Alan Ly, from Fairfield, said his six-year-old son Adam who was vaccinated at The Granville Centre couldn’t wait to get his vaccination.
“Adam started school last year and understood the reason he couldn’t attend campus during the lockdowns was due to COVID-19,” Mr Ly said.
“Being able to attend school gave Adam the motivation to want the vaccination and gave us peace of mind.
He wasn’t bothered by it, and was actually quite interested watching the needle go in.”
WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy said he was pleased to see the number of locals visiting the clinics in numbers.
“Western Sydney has done a phenomenal job in fighting this virus by coming forward for their vaccination,” Graeme said.
Our clinics have provided more than 600,000 vaccinations since we started vaccinating the community and it’s no surprise parents are coming forward enthusiastically to keep their kids safe.chief executive Graeme Loy
“We also encourage all community members to consider getting their booster dose for added protection.
From next week we will receive 30,000 more vaccines so there will be plenty to go around.”
Millions more people in NSW are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination after NSW Health brought forward the interval between doses by a month. WSLHD vaccination clinics will begin offering COVID-19 booster vaccinations three months after people have received their second dose from Friday, January 21. The change from a four-month interval to three months means there are now 3.55 million people in NSW who can book in for their third dose of vaccine.