NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says Australia risks being left behind the world unless the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines gets back on track.
“There will come a point when the rest of the world starts engaging with each other more and we can’t afford to be left behind,” she said on Monday.
“I’m really keen to get the rollout happening as fast as we can.
“I do have a sense of urgency about it.”
NSW is pursuing its plan to set up mass vaccination hubs to inoculate tens of thousands of people each week, despite ongoing supply problems and concerns about a rare side effect from the AstraZeneca vaccine.
But the state is still trying to ascertain is exactly how many more doses it will receive.
“We have a rough idea about the next five weeks, which involves us finishing the 300,000 doses we were asked to do,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“But beyond that, we are still waiting for some confirmation and it has been lumpy.”
In some weeks more doses were delivered than anticipated, and other weeks it was less.
“And that’s why it’s really important for NSW to have our 100 sites up and running, a mass vaccination centre ready to go so that if we do get an unexpected source of doses that we are able to vaccinate our population,” the premier said.
The federal government has asked NSW Health to vaccinate 300,000 people, including all high-risk frontline workers and their families.
“I’m keen to get the vaccine rollout back on track and we await advice and information from the Commonwealth as to what that might look like,” Ms Berejiklian said.