More than 70 percent of Southwestern Sydney’s eligible population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with NSW Health, general practice and pharmacies delivering more than 1.3 million vaccinations across the region since the start of the national vaccination rollout in February.
More than 90 per cent of the eligible population in the seven southwestern Sydney local government areas have received their first dose of the vaccine.
South Western Sydney Local Health District Executive Director Amanda Larkin said it was an “incredible result” to reach the double-dose milestone.
“Thank you to everyone who has come forward to be vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones – this milestone could not have been achieved without you,” Larkin said.
“Our staff, GPs and pharmacies have done a wonderful job of delivering the vaccine to the community and I am so proud of their excellent work.
“I hope everyone enjoys the new freedoms of today, but please continue to be COVID-safe.”
Co-owner of Barone Pharmacy in Fairfield, pharmacist David Yassa, said the community’s faith and trust in the advice of their healthcare professionals has been “amazing”.
“And when you think about the barriers we face in southwestern Sydney as language barriers, it’s an incredible effort,” said Mr Yassa, who said it was still important for anyone not vaccinated that get the vaccine.
“People thought South Western Sydney would hold the rest of Sydney back, but we were actually the frontrunners.
“We want life without COVID. For the sake of not only yourself, but your families and the people around you, you need to be vaccinated.”
Chief Executive of the South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, Dr Keith McDonald, praised the workers on the front lines.
“When we needed them most at the end of June this year, our frontline vaccination workers came together and helped with a smooth and rapid rollout of vaccinations throughout our region,” he said.
“Our GPs, nurses and support staff have so far administered 739,818 doses of vaccine to southwestern Sydney residents – what an excellent effort.
“We continue to work actively with practices to further increase their vaccination capacity and have engaged some to also provide clinics within reach and home visits to some of the most vulnerable people in our community who otherwise have difficulty accessing usual services. “