District celebrates milestone delivering one million COVID-19 vaccines
Sydney Local Health District has reached a momentous milestone, delivering one million vaccines to help protect people against COVID-19.
"We're celebrating a significant milestone in our response to COVID-19. Our District has delivered one million doses of vaccine since February which is amazing," Dr Teresa Anderson, the District's Chief Executive, said.
"It means that one-sixth of all of the vaccines administered in NSW have been given by teams in our District. So many of our staff have been involved in this incredible achievement.
"The milestone is not only significant because of the contribution of our staff, but also because so many members of our community have rolled up their sleeves to help us in our fight against COVID-19," Dr Anderson said.
The District runs NSW Health Vaccination Centres or clinics at Bicentennial Park, Canterbury Hospital, RPA, Sydney Airport and Sydney Olympic Park. It also runs mobile clinics in the community.
Hundreds of staff - including nurses, clinicians, pharmacists, ICT and administration workers, cultural support workers, interpreters, cleaners and security officers - are involved in the District's vaccination program every day.
The District is currently administering about 90,000 vaccines a week.
The doors to the District's first vaccination centre opened at RPA on 22 February, with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian describing it as a "game-changer". Healthcare workers and quarantine staff the first to be vaccinated.
In March, the District opened a vaccination centre for frontline workers at Sydney Airport.
In April, District staff transformed an empty office block at Sydney Olympic Park into a second vaccination centre, initially able to vaccinate up to 30,000 people a week.
It opened on 10 May and just four days later, the team had delivered 10,000 vaccines. By the end of the month the 50,000 vaccine mark had been hit and by early June the 100,000 milestone was reached.
RPA soon also hit the 100,000 milestone, and later in June the District opened a vaccination clinic at Canterbury Hospital.
The District also expanded its operations at the RPA and Sydney Olympic Park vaccination centres in June.
In July, the District began to partner with community organisations to run pop-up vaccination clinics to make it easier for people to get vaccinated.
At the beginning of August, more than half-a million vaccines had been administered at Sydney Olympic Park, and the District began Super Sunday events targeting key sectors.
The Sydney Airport clinic also expanded its operations and the District opened another vaccination centre in Bicentennial Park able to provide up to 4000 vaccines a day.
By the end of August, the District had delivered one million COVID-19 vaccines.
"Our staff are making a mammoth effort to get as many people in NSW vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.
"I want to recognise not only those giving the vaccines but those involved in the back-of-house operations, as well as staff from across NSW Health and other partner organisations who have all contributed to the milestone being reached," Dr Anderson said.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 6,794,474 with 2,516,702 doses administered by NSW Health as at 8pm on 29 August 2021.
And, 4,277,772 doses had been administered by the GP network and other providers as at 11:59pm on Saturday 28 August 2021.