Health authorities stumped by spread of UK variant in quarantine hotel – Sydney Morning Herald


The number of vaccines administered has dropped from more than 6000 on a weekday to an average of fewer than 4500. Asked about the drop on Tuesday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was “not overly concerned”.

“NSW has completed about two-thirds of what we’ve been asked to do within the timeframe, so I’m very happy with the pace we’re doing, in fact it’s exceeded my expectations,” she said.

The Premier repeated her comments about wanting greater flexibility in the rollout, expressing a need to focus on encouraging people aged 50 and over in phase 2a to receive their AstraZeneca vaccination when eligible.

“If it means bringing forward the program because there’s all hands on deck, I think that’s a positive outcome,” she said.

The Premier said she supported other state operating mass vaccination sites, as her state plans its mass vaccination hub at Homebush, scheduled to open next month.

The hub will operate six days a week to vaccinate 30,000 people a week, for an expected total of 60,000 doses administered by NSW Health weekly under an agreement with the Commonwealth to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the general population.

The hotel infections are the only local cases reported in NSW this month, after the state reported another 24 hours without community transmission on Tuesday.

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