Covid vaccines to be rolled out from MONDAY as Gladys Berejiklian confirms the first to get the jab

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Covid vaccines to be rolled out from MONDAY as Gladys Berejiklian confirms the first to get the jab

More than 35,000 frontline workers in New South Wales will receive their first Covid-19 vaccine in the next three weeks, Premier Gladys Berejikli

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More than 35,000 frontline workers in New South Wales will receive their first Covid-19 vaccine in the next three weeks, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has revealed.

Healthcare staff and workers supporting the state’s hotel quarantine program will get a Pfizer jab in the first stage of the state’s vaccine rollout.

The Pfizer vaccine requires a second injection three weeks after the first vaccination to be effective.

The announcement came as NSW went 31 days without a local case of coronavirus – although four infections were discovered in overseas travellers. 

The first jabs will be administered at one of three vaccine hubs across Sydney – Westmead Hospital, Liverpool Hospital in the city’s west and the Royal Prince Alfred hospital in the inner-city.

New South Wales residents are now allowed to travel to all Australian cities as the state went 31 days without a local case of coronavirus. Pictured: A woman wears a face mask at Sydney Airport

New South Wales residents are now allowed to travel to all Australian cities as the state went 31 days without a local case of coronavirus. Pictured: A woman wears a face mask at Sydney Airport

‘With more than 3,000 people arriving in Sydney from overseas each week, priority is being given to quarantine workers to mitigate the risk of an outbreak, and protect those protecting us,’ Ms Berejiklian said on Wednesday. 

New South Wales residents are now allowed to travel to all Australian cities as the state goes 30 days without a local case of coronavirus.   

Western Australia changed the health advice for NSW at 12.01am on Tuesday, declaring it to be a ‘very low risk’ state.

NSW travellers looking to visit the west coast must still complete a G2G travel pass and undergo health screening and a temperature check upon arrival.

WA requires anyone who has been in contact with someone from a ‘medium-risk’ state like Victoria to self-quarantine there for 14 days.

While NSW residents are now allowed to travel to all states and territories, the government is urging prospective holidaymakers to exercise caution.

NSW Health continues to ‘strongly advise against non-essential travel to Victoria’.

Victorians subject to the latest Covid restrictions should not be travelling to NSW unless permitted, health authorities have said.

The five-day stay-at-home requirements in order – applicable for anyone who arrived in NSW from Victoria since midnight on February 12 – are due to end at 11.59pm on Wednesday. 

Those subject to the order are permitted to leave their place of residence with a reasonable excuse including shopping for essential items, medical and other care and caregiving, outdoor exercise, emergencies and essential work.

Women are seen dining at a restaurant in Sydney on Friday. NSW has now gone 30 days without a local Covid case

Women are seen dining at a restaurant in Sydney on Friday. NSW has now gone 30 days without a local Covid case

For NSW residents living in the border region, the stay-at-home requirement does not apply. The border region is defined as the area covered by the border ‘bubble’ in place since last November.

A single case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in a returned traveller to NSW from 12,336 tests in the 24-hours to 8pm on Monday.

NSW went 30 days with no local virus cases on Tuesday as frontline workers in Sydney’s quarantine hotels and health workers prepare to get the vaccine next week.   

Premier Gladys Berejiklian is being briefed on Tuesday about the rollout of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine which gets underway on Monday.

‘The first doses will go to our quarantine workers,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

‘We know the greatest risk to NSW of Covid at this stage, given we don’t have community transmission, is a leakage from the quarantine system.

‘So everything we can do to reduce the risk of the virus getting out to the community is what we should be doing at this stage.’

Beachgoers sun bake beside Sydney's iconic Bondi Icebergs pool on Thursday

Beachgoers sun bake beside Sydney’s iconic Bondi Icebergs pool on Thursday

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