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Cold weather dampens Sydney vaccine demand amid ‘super Sunday’ push

Luke Johnson, 24, is among those who have stepped forward after he made a booking at the Olympic Park hub when he failed to secure an appointment for an AstraZeneca jab online at a local doctor.

Chilly weather at the mass hub on Sunday.

Chilly weather at the mass hub on Sunday. Credit:Dean Sewell

“My medical centre at Birkenhead Point said they were booked out two weeks in advance,” he said, noting he had originally hoped to book a Pfizer vaccine “but the way things are looking in Sydney … AstraZeneca just makes sense now”.

Mr Johnson, a digital technician from Rozelle, said he arrived at the hub at 8.45am and left in just over half an hour.

“The line was running at least 250 metres back, there were a few hundred people, but it was quick and the whole thing ran like clockwork,” he said.

Ms Berejiklian said she was keen to prioritise offering vaccinations to people who work in public-facing roles.

“We are very keen to vaccinate all of our authorised workers, all of those people who have to be mobile but who may be living in those areas of concern, and unfortunately are at highest risk of either spreading or getting a virus. That is what we’re trying to reduce in the next few days,” she said.

On Monday year 12 students will be eligible for Pfizer vaccines at Qudos Bank Arena in Olympic Park, but they will have to make their own way there after the government scrapped plans to transport students in buses.

People queue at Sydney Olympic Park vaccination hub on Sunday.

People queue at Sydney Olympic Park vaccination hub on Sunday.Credit:Dean Sewell.

The latest federal government data shows 46 per cent of the NSW population has had one dose and 23 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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So far, NSW has given out more than 4.4 million jabs, with the Premier previously stating six million doses needed to be administered by the end of August for restrictions to start being eased.

Next weekend’s “super Sunday” focuses on construction workers and international students.

Meanwhile, in Victoria, the nation’s first drive-through vaccination hub will be set up at a former Bunnings site in Melbourne’s west.

Acting COVID-19 response commander Naomi Bromley said the site would offer just the Pfizer vaccine in its first week.

“You drive up, roll down your window, roll up your sleeve, get a jab. It’s that easy,” Ms Bromley said.

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