More jabs for NSW COVID-19 hotspot workers

Essential workers from COVID-19 hotspots in southwest and western Sydney are being prioritised for vaccinations with hopes 100,000 will get jabbed this week.

Authorised workers from health, aged and disability care, construction, food production and school staff from the 12 Sydney local government areas of concern are being sent to the front of the vaccination queue.

The LGAs areas include: Parramatta, Liverpool, Campbelltown, and Penrith among others, while a unique link will be given to those required to bring photo identification and proof of their place of work.

Some 100,000 workers are expected to be vaccinated during the week.

It follows 10,000 workers in construction industries and university students who received either AstraZeneca or Pfizer doses at major vaccination centres on what was dubbed ‘Super Sunday’.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday welcomed the half-a-million extra Pfizer vaccine doses to be supplied to NSW by the Commonwealth.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday confirmed that one million Pfizer doses from Poland were arriving, with 530,000 destined for people aged 20 to 39 in Sydney’s dozen worst-hit LGAs.

The remainder will be spread across the rest of the country.

Poland is reselling the doses it had ordered on a non-profit basis and the vaccines recently arrived from Pfizer’s Belgium factory.

On Sunday NSW reported 415 COVID cases to 8pm on Saturday with more than half from Sydney’s west and southwest.

The suburbs of Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Marayong, Merrylands, Auburn and Guildford are causing the most concern.

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