Pfizer up until this point was only available to residents living in regions of concern in that age bracket.
But Randwick and Bayside local government area has also been given priority access as health authorities remain increasingly concerned following an illegal party in Maroubra.
The unlawful gathering on August 14 has been deemed a “super spreader event” after 16 people caught the virus, before spreading it onto close contacts.
COVID-positive Sydneysiders still being caught outside of home
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said up to 60 people attended the event – including a significant number who came from the 12 LGAs of concern.
“Each of these people who are going to these functions must understand that they run the risk of either having the virus and transmitting it or getting the virus and taking it home to their families and their communities,” he told reporters.
“There is no time now to be selfish – it’s time to think of the broader community and your families. If you are actually spreading the virus, you could be responsible for peoples’ deaths.
New South Wales recorded 1,218 COVID cases and six deaths on Sunday – the country’s highest ever daily total.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it’s “always concerning” seeing case numbers go up but she’s more alarmed by anyone who needs hospital care or intensive care.
“As we have seen out of everyone in intensive care, only one person is fully vaccinated. This is important to have in mind,” she said during Sunday’s COVID-19 press conference.
“The case numbers are always concerning when they are going up. We would love to see them come down but that is not the most relevant number for us.
“The most relevant number is how many people are vaccinated and how many we are keeping out of hospital and intensive care, and that is important for us moving forward.”
Next target for NSW is 70 per cent first doses: Gladys Berejiklian
The Premier said once we get to 70 and 80 per cent vaccination rates, as per the Doherty Institute report, residents will have to “shift our mindset” about how we deal with COVID-19.
“What will matter the most will be keeping people out of hospital and measuring intensive care patients and hospitalisation as opposed to the number of cases,” she said.
“We are all subject to choice and if you want to move around more freely and enjoy the things we have been denied – get vaccinated.”
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