People in rural and regional NSW are being urged to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated for COVID-19 to help protect themselves, their loved ones and the community.
NSW Nationals Leader and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said COVID-19 vaccinations were free and available across regional NSW through the local GP network, NSW Health clinics, and select pharmacies.
“Time and time again our community has come together when things need to get done and this no different,” Mr Barilaro said.
“COVID-19 vaccinations are free and available for anyone aged 18 or over at GPs, NSW Health clinics and select pharmacies. Later this month another 300 pharmacies across the state will begin administering vaccinations, making it even easier to get the jab.
“Two doses of the vaccine provide more than 90 per cent prevention of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19, and also reduces the risk of spreading the virus by about 90 per cent.”
Mr Barilaro said lifting restrictions across NSW so people can safely get back to work and get on with life can only begin to be considered after more than six million vaccines are administered.
“Getting the jab greatly reduces your risk of dying if you happen to contract the virus and the protection it provides is essential for us to be able to welcome visitors, tourists, customers, suppliers and investors back to our regions,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Tell your parents, your family and your friends how they can get the jab and the benefits it will provide for them and our communities.”
Mr Barilaro said the 40,000 Pfizer doses that were reallocated to HSC students in the hardest hit lockdown areas in Sydney will be replenished across regional NSW by August 16.
Anyone aged 18 and over can find nearby places where they can get the jab at covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
For further information about regional NSW COVID-19 rules, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw.