NSW minister defends vaccination strategy

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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the state's COVID-19 vaccination strategy is being staggered to stop the system being overwhelmed.

There are nearly three million people in NSW over 50 who are next in line to be immunised.

"If they all got on the phone at the same time frustration would be supreme," he said on Nine's Today show on Monday.

"What I would want to stress, though, is that in the first instance people with a GP should go to their GP," he said.

"Obviously most of us over 50 ... have some sort of health issue and it is far better that you be able to talk to your GP," he said.

People 50 and older will from Monday be able to get immunised at a few Commonwealth-run respiratory clinics across Sydney

However, the state-run mass vaccination facility at Sydney Olympic Park won't open until next Monday - and then just for those eligible under phase 1 of the vaccine rollout: frontline workers and their families.

Mr Hazzard is encouraging people 50 or older to wait until May 17 to get a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from their GP.

Anyone over 50 wanting to be vaccinated at the facility at Sydney Olympic Park will have to wait May 24.

Meanwhile, NSW Health is working with the Western Australian government after a Perth hotel quarantine worker and two of his household contacts had tested positive to COVID-19.

Anyone who has been in Perth since April 27 should check the NSW COVID-19 concerns notice and exemption to determine whether they have been to any places of concern and if they have then isolate, get tested, and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.