COVID-19 Update – Boosters now available for 16 – 17 year olds, low sensory vaccinations now available for 5 – 11 year olds at Blacktown Hospital Hub – Friday, 4 February 2022

Across NSW, more than 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 94 per cent have received two doses to Wednesday 2 February 2022.

Of people aged 12 to 15, 83.3 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 78.6 per cent have received two doses. Of people aged 5 to 11, 41.6 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 15,942,771, with 4,813,130 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 11,129,641 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Wednesday 2 February 2022.

Following advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), NSW Health clinics have now made booster vaccinations available for those aged 16-17 years old.

ATAGI recommends a booster vaccination with the (Pfizer) COVID-19 (Comirnaty) vaccine, for all adolescents aged 16-17 years old who have received any TGA-approved or recognised vaccines for their primary vaccine schedule, from three months after receiving their last primary dose. This includes those who were aged under 16 years when they received their last primary dose and are now aged 16 years.

Low Sensory vaccinations are also now available for 5 – 11 year olds at Blacktown Hospital Hub. To organise an appointment, please complete an EOI form, which will then assessed and booked by our team if eligible.

NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccination or their booster dose to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.

Case Update

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 31 people with COVID-19; 21 men and 10 women.

Of the 31 people who died, one person was in their 60s, seven people were in their 70s, 12 people were in their 80s, 10 people were in their 90s, and one person was aged 100. Older age is a significant risk factor for serious illness and death for COVID-19, particularly when combined with significant underlying health conditions.

Ten people who died had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 18 people had received two doses, and three people were not vaccinated.

Nine people were from south-western Sydney, four people were from western Sydney, three people were from Sydney’s southern suburbs, two people were from the Shellharbour region, two people were from the Central Coast, two people were from the Wollongong area, one person was from the Riverina region, one person was from Sydney’s inner west, one person was from Sydney’s northern beaches, one person was from northern Sydney, one person was from north-western Sydney, one person was from the South Coast, one person was from the Northern Rivers, one person was from the Clarence Valley region and one person was from the Hunter region.

NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,520.

There are currently 2,494 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 160 people in intensive care, 75 of whom require ventilation.

There were 10,698 positive test results (cases) notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 6,122 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 4,576 positive PCR tests.

There has now been a total of 276,418 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022. The 4,576 positive PCR results were returned from 39,349 PCR tests. Following further investigation, 131 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 565 cases previously reported as RAT-positive have now been confirmed as PCR-positive cases, bringing the total number of cases detected by PCR tests in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 844,422.

Of the 10,698 positive test results, 1,223 are from Western Sydney LHD (595 PCR and 628 RATs), 1,362 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD) (639 PCR and 723 RATs), 1,358 are from Hunter New England LHD (590 PCR and 768 RATs), 1,109 from South Eastern Sydney LHD (501 PCR and 608 RATs), 1,050 are from Northern Sydney LHD (393 PCR and 657 RATs), 810 are from Sydney LHD (355 PCR and 455 RATs), 584 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD (272 PCR and 312 RATs), 560 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD (253 PCR and 307 RATs), 527 are from Central Coast LHD (213 PCR and 314 RATs), 477 are from Northern NSW LHD (138 PCR and 339 RATs), 445 are from Western NSW LHD (232 PCR and 213 RATs), 401 are from Murrumbidgee LHD (112 PCR and 289 RATs), 390 are from Mid North Coast LHD (68 PCR and 322 RATs), 214 are from Southern NSW LHD (78 PCR and 136 RATs), 22 are from Far West LHD (7 PCR and 15 RATs), 41 are in correctional settings, and 125 are yet to be assigned to an LHD (89 PCR and 36 RATs).

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.