Pressure is mounting on the Federal Government to drastically ramp up the rate of the coronavirus vaccine rollout.
The Sydney Showground is set to be turned into a mass vaccination centre, one of 36 new hubs to be created across NSW.
“I had a very constructive conversation with my NSW counterpart earlier today – we welcome all of the states and territories setting up large vaccination centres. That has always been part of the plan,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
In the US, mass vaccination centres have seen inoculation rates average around three million a day. Yesterday, a record with four million.
“The total number of vaccines administered by NSW Health is now 126,494,” NSW Health’s Dr Christine Selvey said.
States across Australia are itching to increase their rates but it all depends on the supply of the locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccine.
“Within that supply, we are able to make sure the states and territories have, over 30 weeks, a consistent large volume (of vaccines),” Mr Hunt said.
The rollout of phase 1a for aged care residents is well behind with 111,000 vaccinated so far and another 80,000 to go.
The Federal Government is scrambling asking for more providers to deliver vaccines.
“Only 14 per cent of aged care facilities and the residents within them have received the full vaccination,” Shadow Health Minister Mark Butler said.
“Only 14 per cent of a sector that was supposed to be finished by last week.”
Australia has now delivered nearly 850,000 vaccines. Mr Hunt said everyone should have had a first dose by October, but it means some won’t receive their second dose until January next year.
Currently 1500 GP clinics are playing their part in the vaccine rollout, but that number is expected to double by the end of next week.
“We welcome that because we have GPs and then from the state allocation we also have that large vaccination clinic option,” Mr Hunt said.