Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes a look inside the COVID-19 vaccination hub at RPA
Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised healthcare workers in NSW and the "meticulous health planning" of NSW Health during a walkthrough of the COVID-19 vaccination hub at RPA.
"The health professionals and workers here in NSW have done, I think, the best job in the world," Mr Morrison says.
The Prime Minister joined Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and the District's Chief Executive, Dr Teresa Anderson at RPA for the first look inside our COVID-19 Vaccination Hub.
"What particularly impressed me today when I saw this process, is how sympathetic it is, how human it is," he says.
"I'm particularly pleased about the care, the concern that is being demonstrated to Australians as they'll come through this process."
More than 80 staff will be involved in the centre's operation each day, with the capacity to vaccinate 1138 people each day.
"It has been a large-scale operation with a big team of people involved to plan and set up. The staff have been preparing and we're ready and looking forward to Monday," says the centre's nurse manager, Paula Williams.
The first of the state's 35,000 frontline healthcare and quarantine staff will receive the vaccination from Monday.
"This is an exciting time in our COVID-19 response. I'm so proud of the way our staff have worked together over the past 12 months to do whatever was needed to keep our community, loved ones and each other safe. The arrival of the vaccine for our frontline workers is the next step in protecting our community and towards a new normal," says Dr Anderson.
Sydney Local Health District staff working in the highest risk areas including the Special Health Accommodation, the airport and COVID-19 testing clinics along with other frontline workers will receive the first dose of the vaccine over three weeks. Staff identified to receive the vaccine will be contacted directly.