“We have been advised that to do it now it might be of no benefit to everyone and, if anything, it will mean they suffer from side effects from the vaccine and we lose more staff.”
About 70 per cent of staff were in home isolation. The aged care worker who is believed to be unvaccinated was linked to a case in an unvaccinated 24-year-old student nurse who health authorities announced last Wednesday.
More than 45,000 tests were reported on Sunday.
“We are seeing numbers go the right way,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday. “But I do say cautiously that, that could still bounce around. And we’ve seen in the last few days how easy it is for people to unintentionally do the wrong thing, or intentionally do the wrong thing, and that can result in more cases, which is something we don’t want to see. Compliance is really important the next few days.”
The number of exposure sites in Sydney passed 300 on Sunday, as supermarkets, cafes, and train routes were added to NSW Health’s venue list. The city’s two-week lockdown is due to end on July 9.
The state’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said she would not like to speculate on whether schools would reopen after the holidays next week.
When asked about how children would figure into the vaccine rollout – no vaccine is approved for use in Australia for children under 16 – she was positive. A number of cases in the outbreak have been primary schoolchildren.
“I would be expecting that in 2022 we would be looking at rolling out vaccines for schoolchildren,” Dr Chant said. “At the moment, vaccine is still constrained, and as that vaccine becomes available, we still need to prioritise the elderly, aged care workers, and those with underlying health conditions before we move ahead to the younger age group.”
Ms Berejiklian said there had been no decision yet whether lockdown would be extended past July 9.
“Whilst the results overnight are very pleasing, there’s no doubt the impact of the lockdown has been evidenced,” the Premier said.
“However, to keep that trend going, we need to make sure people don’t give in and don’t break those rules we’ve put in place. They’re there for a reason.”
Several new close contact venues were released on Sunday afternoon, including a Commonwealth Bank branch in Roselands on June 28, 29 and 30.
Casual contact venues include the TAB in Gladesville on Saturday June 26 and Randwick Coles on Belmore Rd on June 28.
All passengers on Flight VA524 between the Gold Coast and Sydney on June 26 have also been classified as close contacts.
Victoria recorded no new local cases and one new case in hotel quarantine on Sunday.
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