Hume MP Angus Taylor gets AstraZeneca jab

Hume MP Angus Taylor receiving his first shot of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

Hume MP Angus Taylor receiving his first shot of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

Hume MP Angus Taylor is encouraging Macarthur residents to get their Covid-19 jab.

Mr Taylor recently get his first shot of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and has urged all locals aged 50 and above to get theirs too.

"Australians over 50 can now receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine," he said.

"I received my first shot from a local GP this week.

"I feel great and have had no side effects.

"I want to encourage anyone 50 and over to go and get vaccinated - it's so important.

"Not only are you protecting yourself, but your family, friends, workmates and all Australians."

The call comes as the state government opened a mass vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

Thousands of people are booked in to secure the vaccine this first week.

The vaccination centre will offer the Pfizer vaccine to priority groups including healthcare workers, emergency services workers, quarantine workers and border workers.

People aged 50 and over can book their AstraZeneca jab at the centre from tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12 from covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.

Members of the general public aged 40-49 are also invited to register their interest in receiving the Pfizer jab thorugh NSW Health and will be contacted when a booking becomes available.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the centre at Sydney Olympic Park would operate six days per week from 8am to 8pm.

"The mass vaccination centre will be able to administer up to 30,000 vaccines per week once it is up and running, that means around 5,000 vaccinations per day," Ms Berejiklian said.

"The Centre, combined with the more than 100 NSW Health run clinics and hubs, means NSW Health can administer around 60,000 vaccines each week across the State."

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said about 200 registered nurses and midwives will work at the Centre forming about two-thirds of its 300-strong workforce.

"Opening a vaccination centre of this scale at Sydney Olympic Park is a massive and unprecedented undertaking, and one I'm very proud of as Health Minister," Mr Hazzard said.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant urged everyone in NSW who can be vaccinated to do so.

"Vaccination is very effective at reducing your risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 and will also reduce the chance you will pass on the infection to your loved ones," Dr Chant said.

Mr Taylor said he was grateful to everyone who had been taken the leap so far.

"I want to thank all those who have come forward so far to be vaccinated," he said.

"The Government is ramping up the weekly number of doses provided to GP clinics.

"It's really easy to see which GP clinics near you offer the vaccine; I just jumped onto the Department of Health's website and used their Covid-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker."

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