Vaccination centre open for teachers

The line at Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre on Friday.
The line at Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre on Friday.

A new vaccination centre for Fairfield school staff opened at Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre on Friday.

Teachers queued for hours to get the Pfizer vaccine at the centre which will provide up to 1000 vaccinations a day. The Prairiewood centre, which is is not open to the general public, is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm.

NSW Health is now providing vaccinations to school staff within the Fairfield LGA where greater concern of COVID-19 transmission is ongoing. The priority vaccine access extends to all staff, including teachers, administration staff and support officers working for government and non-government schools

Initial plans to open the new vaccination centre at the Fairfield Showground were changed so as not to interfere with NSW Health's 24-hour, 7-day COVID-19 testing clinic.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant praised the Fairfield community for turning out for COVID-19 testing with 77,587 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 58,299.

Of the 97 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 67 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District.

The NSW Health Sydney Olympic Park Mass Vaccination Centre is also providing vaccinations to school staff who work in schools located in the Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown LGAs. NSW Health is working with this priority group to co-ordinate their vaccination bookings.