NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet today announced 40 state-run vaccine clinics will be set up to administer booster shots to the vaccinated only 3-months after their second vaccination, decreasing the initial wait time from 4-months.
With more than 3 million NSW residents eligible, Mr. Perrottet announced the changes were decided due to an alleged spate of outstanding appointments at state run vaccination clinics.
“We have the capacity for 250,000 vaccines every week in those hubs. Today’s decision will enable over 3.5 million more people from our state to be eligible for that booster shot,” he said.
“We have the capacity for 250,000 vaccines every week in those hubs. Today’s decision will enable over 3.5 million more people from our state to be eligible for that booster shot.
Despite recent conflicting evidence from the EU Drug Regulator warning booster shots are unproven, can negatively impact immunity and are potentially dangerous, the Premier stated, “As we are clearly seeing, boosters are key to keeping yourself, your friends and your family safe.
"We have the capacity available. We’ve seen in our intensive cares the difference vaccination makes.”
Mr Perrottet acknowledge front line doctors for, “the sacrifices everyone has made,” adding,
“the rules aren't there for the sake of it, they’re there to keep you safe. We are making our way through it and we will make our way through it".
Also ignoring the EU Regulator along with Israel's admission of failure in the administration of a fourth vaccination shot, NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant advised the public to get a third dose as soon as possible.
“Please get boosted now. I also urge [to] people who have children going back to schools, is that you get boosted ahead of the school year,” she said.
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant advised the public to get a third dose as soon as possible despite advice out advice from the EU Regulator
According to the government, 82.2 per cent of children aged 12-15 have been vaccinated to date, with 78.3 per cent having had two.
Since January 10, of children aged five to 11, 16.4 per cent have had one dose of the vaccine.
Working in lockstep with Victoria and Premier Dan Andrews to create a back-to-school plan, Mr Perrottet stated he would have students return next week, rolling out a RAT testing and surveillance plan with 15 million kits are expected to be delivered within the next week.