NSW opens up Covid vaccines for new age group

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The AstraZeneca vaccination will now be available at mass vaccination hubs for anyone in NSW over 40 who wants it, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Monday.

"From now, we will be able to accept anybody over 40 who wants the AstraZeneca," Ms Berejiklian said.

"As you know, the federal health advice or regulatory advice is over 60s can get AstraZeneca, without any of those risk profiles that were identified.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian speaks to the media during a Covid-19 update press conference on July 12. Lockdown restrictions have been tightened across NSW as COVID-19 cases continue to emerge in the community.  Eestrictions are in place across Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong with all residents subject to stay-at-home orders are only permitted to leave their homes for essential reasons, including purchasing essential goods, accessing or providing care or healthcare, work, education and exercise. As of 5pm on Friday, exercise is limited to within a 10km radius from home or within the local government area, and with a maximum of two people per group. Browsing in shops is prohibited and only one person per household can leave home for shopping per day. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to two people, while funerals are limited to 10 people only. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announed people over 40 can register to recieve the AstraZeneca vaccination. Source: Getty Images

"But if you're between 40-60 and want the AstraZeneca, you can go through the appropriate consent forms at all NSW Health sites."

The move to encourage people as young as 40 to get the AstraZeneca vaccination comes as the state steps up efforts to vaccinate people after 112 new cases were reported in NSW on Monday.

NSW has recorded almost 680 COVID-19 cases in the community since June 16, when the Bondi cluster first emerged. There are 18 COVID-19 patients in NSW in intensive care, with four ventilated.

Pictured: The Sydney vaccination hub where people can receive their Covid-19 vaccinations.
The AstraZeneca vaccination will now be available for under-40s at vacciantion hubs in NSW. Source: AFP/ Getty Images

Those who wish to register for the AstraZeneca vaccination can do so through the NSW Health sites from today. 

Delta variant's spread prompted change to AstraZeneca offering

Previously, the AstraZeneca vaccination was only recommended for people over 40, who have obtained health advice of a GP.

However, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says "the current risk situation has changed dramatically."

“The AstraZeneca discussion, we have always felt best to have with a health professional that understands your clinical background and circumstances. Your GP fits that mould,” Dr Chant explained.

“Under the current situation, because we actually have Covid and the Delta strain circulating, it then means that your individual risk of acquiring the strain is very much different than it would have been a month or so ago when the community risk would have been very low.”

All NSW pharmacies will also be able to dole out the AstraZeneca jab to over-40s.

A new mass vaccination hub will also be established at Fairfield in southwest Sydney, where local COVID-19 transmission remains a significant concern.

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