Sport fans turn out to get the COVID-19 vaccine
More than 12 000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, as the final whistle blew on a successful Sport Super Sunday at vaccination centres at Bicentennial Park, Canterbury Hospital, RPA, Sydney Airport and Sydney Olympic Park.
It set a new Super Sunday vaccination record for Sydney Local Health District.
Many of those who came along play sport or watch sport and, dressed in their team colours, heeded the call to get vaccinated to help us all get back to sport sooner.
“We were cheering at the turnout. So many people took the opportunity to became vaccine champions and to show their support for their favourite team or sport,” Dr Teresa Anderson, the District’s Chief Executive, said.
“We’d like to thank all the sports organisations who came on board and helped us set this record. Every person who gets vaccinated is making a difference and will help get us all back to sport sooner,” Dr Anderson said.
To show their support, Bulldogs great Terry Lamb, the club’s CEO Aaron Warburton and chairman John Khoury joined Dr Anderson, Canterbury Hospital’s General Manager Kiel Harvey, staff and patients at the hospital’s vaccination clinic.
“This is a great area, the Canterbury area and we’re a hotspot, so we’ve got to look after each other,” Lamb said.
Sydney Swifts supporter Caitlin Cooper got her jab at the NSW Health Vaccination Centre at Sydney Olympic Park and appealed for everyone to get vaccinated.
“Not being able to watch sport live sucks, because you can’t be there to show your support. The netball had to be done in Queensland this year because of COVID. It would have been great to watch the NSW Swifts win the grand final in their own state,” she said.
The District’s vaccination centre teams also got into the spirit, swapping their uniforms for jerseys or team shirts.
Earlier Super Sundays have helped to vaccinate more than 10,000 supermarket and food industry workers, construction workers and university students in one day.
The District has provided almost one million vaccinations since February 22, and is currently administering about 90,000 vaccines a week across its fixed sites and mobile clinics.
This week, the District is offering free Pfizer vaccinations at five different locations in the community via the NSW Health Mobile Vaccination program.
The clinics will held at Belmore, Burwood, Campsie, Lakemba and Sydney Markets in Flemington. People must make an appointment and meet the eligibility criteria.
“We have had an incredible response from the community and we are grateful that people are coming forward in huge numbers every week for vaccinations,” Dr Anderson said.
Anyone aged 16 to 49 who lives in the 12 local government areas of concern, Camden LGA, or Sydney Local Health District is eligible for a priority vaccination appointment.
The LGAs of concern are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and Penrith.