VACCINE BOOSTER ROLLOUT GATHERS PACE

The NSW Government’s booster program continues to ramp up with NSW Health already delivering more than 120,000 vaccine booster doses to help keep people safe and increase levels of immunity to COVID-19.

On Friday, NSW Health clinics delivered the highest daily total since the rollout of the program, up from 2000 doses two weeks ago, in support of the Federal Government’s vaccine program.

People are eligible for a booster 5 months after a second dose and NSW Health can accommodate people about to travel who might need a slightly earlier appointment.

The number of people eligible to receive a booster will increase steadily in 2022, with around 40 per cent of the NSW population to be eligible at the end of January, 64 per cent in February, 87 per cent in March, and 91 per cent by April 2022.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet thanked people for coming forward to get their booster shots and urged every eligible person to book in as soon as possible.

“As we navigate our way out of the pandemic, we remain focused on saving lives and protecting livelihoods and getting your booster shot will offer you protection against COVID,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Our frontline health workers have been incredible over the past two years and their dedication is greatly appreciated. It’s time for us to step up again and get a booster to protect ourselves, the community and those who have done so much to keep us safe.”

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said NSW Health will also be keeping its COVID testing centres open during the holiday months, so people can get a test when they need it.

“The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to get vaccinated and get a booster if you are eligible,” Mr Hazzard said.

“We need everyone to continue to do their bit and follow the rules, so if you have even the slightest of symptoms get tested and stay at home.”

Those eligible for a booster dose can book in at a NSW Health vaccination clinic through the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder. You can also book in to receive a booster dose at a participating pharmacy and your local GP.

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