There are now 9,280 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in NSW reported since 16 June 2021. Click here for all the latest information relating to the NSW outbreak including case locations and alerts. Over the past two weeks to 15 August 2021 there have been 876 locally acquired cases in the CESPHN region. The largest concentrations are in the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) Canterbury-Bankstown (412), Bayside (124) Georges River (87), Inner West (56), Strathfield (50) and Sydney (39).
See here or check our website for information on the latest testing locations and new community pop up vaccination locations
Additional PPE available
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) packages including surgical and N95/P2 masks, gloves, gowns and goggles will be made available for community pharmacies and those GPs who continue to see their patients within their practices. PPE guidelines can be found here.
CESPHN will continue to distribute these supplies. To order PPE for your practice or pharmacy click here.
Vaccination rollout progress in our region
In the last week, CESPHN estimates an additional 84,324 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered to people living in the CESPHN region. Of these additional doses, 45 per cent were AstraZeneca vaccines and 55 per cent were Pfizer vaccines.
The COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker has now been translated into 15 languages to ensure Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities are able to access and book their vaccinations. Additional languages will be released in the coming weeks.
Call-out for GPs, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals to assist in vaccination
We are maintaining a register of GPs, pharmacists, nurses and other allied health professionals who are available to work shifts in COVID vaccination clinics. Please complete this form if you are interested. Thank you to all those of you have already registered.
COVID-19 vaccines for Medicare ineligible patients
The vaccine is available free of charge to everyone within Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status. This includes refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders, bridging visas and those whose visas have been cancelled. Non-citizens who have overstayed their visas can also access the COVID-19 vaccines for free.
Individuals who do not have a Medicare card can access free vaccinations at Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics, State or territory vaccination clinics or Community Pharmacies.
Pharmacists can lodge a claim in the PPA Portal using special Medicare number 25437529911 if the patient does not hold a Medicare card.
More than 500k Pfizer doses for those aged 16-39 in LGAs of concern
Those aged 16 to 39 living in the 12 Local Government Areas (LGA) of concern will be given priority access to the Pfizer vaccine at a number of NSW Health clinics from tomorrow (Thursday 19 August). People will be able to book an appointment at: nsw.gov.au from 9.00 am today (Wednesday 18 August) for the following clinics. Bookings are essential and both doses must be booked at the same clinic:
Bankstown vaccination clinic: Bankstown PCYC, Cnr French Ave &, Meredith St
Bayside vaccination clinic: Novotel Brighton-Le-Sands, Cnr Grand Pde and, Princess St
Liverpool vaccination clinic: Ngara Education Centre, (via Governor Macquarie Drive), 52 Scrivener St , Warwick Farm
NSW Health vaccination centre, Sydney Olympic Park: 1 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park
Prairiewood vaccination clinic: Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre 194-222 Restwell Rd Prairiewood
Qudos Bank Arena NSW Health vaccination centre: 19 Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park
Sonic Healthcare vaccination clinic, Hurstville: Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre, King Georges Rd &, Forest Rd, Hurstville
Sonic Healthcare vaccination clinic, Sydney CBD: 175 Pitt Street Sydney
South Western Sydney vaccination centre: Glenquarie Town Centre, Corner Victoria Rd and Brooks Street, Macquarie Fields
People aged 16-39 years who live in the following 12 LGAs are eligible to make a booking: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Strathfield.
Those not aged 16 to 39 cannot book through this scheme.
Priority COVID-19 vaccines for eligible authorised workers
Primary, Secondary and Early Childhood school staff
Please note that some of the above categories are eligible regardless of location. More info here.
NSW Health has established a number of priority clinics where authorised workers can get vaccinated as part of this campaign. More information about eligibility and how to book an appointment is available on the NSW Government website.
Commencing Monday 23 August, open Monday-Friday 09:00 – 16:00
Site address: Suite 203, Level 2, 414-416 Gardeners Rd Rosebery NSW 2018.
Vaccination hub for residential and disability group home staff
HCA will open a new vaccination hub at Rosebery for residential and disability group home staff next week. Bookings are made through the same booking link as the Ashfield hub.
In Australia and globally we continue to face new challenges in the prevention of COVID-19. Join NCIRS (National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance) for this webinar discussing what’s next for Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine program.
In this webinar you will:
learn about the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that will roll out in Australia from September 2021, with an overview from Dr Randall Hyer, Senior Vice President, Moderna Therapeutics,
be updated on COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and protection against the Delta variant
gain a deeper understanding of modeling of the COVID-19 vaccine impact that is informing Australia’s approach to emerging from the pandemic.
COVID-19 vaccination community information sessions
There are a variety of in-language webinars coming up around vaccination information for community members. These sessions will be presented by bilingual health professionals from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, and will answer your questions about:
Why should I get vaccinated?
Which vaccine is best for me?
Where can I get vaccinated?
How do I prepare for my vaccination?
Getting vaccinated is an important way to protect yourself, your family and your community. These sessions are FREE and open to ALL members of the community.
Walk In AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Rockdale
There is a new Walk In AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Rockdale at the Rockdale Town Hall. No bookings are required and this clinic is accessible to people who don’t have a Medicare card. Anyone 18 years and over can walk in and get their free AstraZeneca vaccine.
Vaccine Eligibility Checker – in 15 languages
The Vaccine Eligibility Checker is now available in 15 languages as well as English to help all Australians access the information they need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
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