Gladys Berejiklian makes a desperate plea for under-40s in locked down Sydney to get the AstraZeneca vaccine
- The NSW Premier said ‘if you get the green light from your GP, get the vaccine’
- Comes after 124 locally acquired cases on Thursday, more expected on Friday
- About one in 10 people aged 16 to 49 currently fully vaccinated across NSW
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has pleaded with people under 40 to get the AstraZeneca vaccine as Sydney’s lockdown shows no signs of ending.
On Thursday, NSW recorded its worst day in the outbreak to date, with 124 locally acquired cases.
The number of infectious cases in the community sat at 48 – a figure health authorities insist must be closer to zero before restrictions are finally lifted.
The concerning rise in case numbers prompted Ms Berejiklian to warn the transmissibility of the virus is ‘unlike anything seen before’, with more than half of people who have contracted the Delta strain under the age of 55.
Ms Berejiklian said people should seek advice from their doctor if they are under 40 and are considering the AstraZeneca jab.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) has urged under 40s in her state to consider getting the AstraZeneca vaccine
Anyone aged over 40 can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine (pictured) from a NSW Health vaccination hub or approved pharmacist
‘If you’re under 40 and want AstraZeneca, please, please check with your GP. If your GP gives you the green light, please get the vaccine. Please, please, come forward and get vaccinated,’ she said.
Ms Berejiklian also stressed it was ‘critical for us to have as much of our population vaccinated’ quickly.
‘We know the vaccine prevents serious illness. There is currently nobody in intensive care who has had both doses of vaccine at any age,’ she said.
Currently, only 11 per cent of the total population in NSW are fully vaccinated.
Anyone aged over 40 can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine from a NSW Health vaccination hub or approved pharmacist.
NSW Health Minister Mr Hazzard urged eligible people to book appointments as soon as possible and to also consider all vaccination options, not just Pfizer.
‘Right now we are in the middle of a very serious outbreak in NSW,’ he said.
‘We can’t afford the luxury of sitting back and saying, ‘I don’t want to have a vaccine that has been taken by almost every country in the world and kept others safe’.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, only 58 per cent of people in NSW aged over 50 have had a single dose of a vaccine and about 75 per cent of the population above 70.
Approximately one in 10 people aged between 16 to 49 have been fully vaccinated in the state.
Vaccination experts fear the reputation of the AstraZeneca vaccine (pictured) could have been tarnished beyond repair in Australia due to misinformation from many
The Japara Corymbia aged care facility in Belrose on Sydney’s northern beaches (pictured) had two confirmed positive Covid cases from staff on Thursday
Recent case numbers have spilled over from the Fairfield local government area in Sydney’s southwest into neighbouring Canterbury-Bankstown and Cumberland local government areas.
Workplaces and households remain the primary locations of transmission.
The virus has also spread to staff at aged care facilities, including The Palms at Kirrawee in Sydney’s south, as well as an aged care facility in Belrose, on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Another five people from the Unisson Disability Parklea group home in northwest Sydney have also tested positive for Covid.
On Thursday night, more venues across Sydney were added to NSW Health’s growing exposure site list, notably Woolworths in Belrose’s Glenrose Village, Chemist Warehouse in Parramatta and Big W in Bonnyrigg.