NSW authorities are finally keen on getting young people vaccinated as the outbreak concentrated in southwestern Sydney continues to grow. On Friday, 136 new cases were announced in the state.
At the daily coronavirus press conference, NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant pointed out that many of the essential workers who aren’t able to stay home right now also aren’t old enough to get vaccinated easily, and that needs to change.
Chant went on to explain that we need an “intensive vaccination program” using both the locally made AstraZeneca shot and the imported Pfizer shot.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the national vaccination strategy might have to be refocused to deal with the reality on the ground in Sydney.
The announcements come on the same morning that the Pfizer vaccine was approved by the TGA for use in 12 to 15-year-olds, meaning immunocompromised teens will now be able to get the jab, too.
Until now, the vaccine rollout had only focused on over 18s, and even then, mainly people over 50 tbh.
Adults in all age groups can now ask a doctor about getting the safe and effective AstraZeneca vaccine. You can also triple-check to see if you’re eligible for the similarly-good Pfizer vaccine here.
But remember, the best vaccine is the one you can get soonest.