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More than 10,000 NSW residents vaccinated


In just a week more than 10,000 people in NSW have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Phase 1a of the nation-wide vaccination program began last Monday, with healthcare and border workers the first to be jabbed with the Pfizer vaccine.

"NSW has already successfully administered 10,339 vaccines," Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Monday.

"On average, 50 people an hour - or 48 to be precise - are getting the vaccine and that can be scaled up."

"We've certainly passed the test."

The state is on track to meet its target of 35,000 vaccines being administered in the first three weeks.

But after that it's anyone's guess, the premier said.

The NSW government had not been informed of how many doses would be available and when.

"Our teams are ready and willing to step up and increase our capacity, but we just need to know exactly how many doses we're getting beyond week four."

"I've always said we're keen to bring timetables forward, if we know we're getting extra doses above what we anticipated."

Given the different vaccines' dose increments and complexities around their storage, states need time to prepare, she said.

The premier also flagged NSW Health would be keen to help administer the Astra Zeneca vaccine to the general population.

"Operational issues are always challenging and NSW Health has made it look easy," Ms Berejiklian said.

"NSW has been tried and tested in that regard and that's why we're keen, if we need to, to step in because we don't know yet how the GP network will go in coping with the demand of people wanting to get the vaccine."

Both the premier and Health Minister Brad Hazzard brushed off suggestions they're disappointed or frustrated by the federal government's management of the program, but continued to call for better communication.

NSW has now gone six weeks - 43 days - without a locally acquired COVID-19 case.

© AAP 2021

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