The Penrith Local Government Area is closing in on 90 per cent of its eligible residents being double vaccinated against COVID-19.
The latest figures, released today, show 94.7 per cent of Penrith Local Government Area residents have had their first dose of the vaccine.
87.9 per cent have had their second dose and are fully vaccinated.
It’s an extremely strong result and will soon see Penrith join neighbouring Local Government Areas like Blacktown and Blue Mountains, which already have a first dose rate above 95 per cent.
Eligible residents takes into account those over the age of 15.
Some 33 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Australia with only minimal adverse reactions.
The TGA’s latest report confirms a total of nine vaccine-related deaths since the beginning of the rollout, all linked to AstraZeneca. It is a remarkably low death rate.
NSW continues to record lower than expected case numbers in the wake of reopening earlier this month. 294 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to 8pm last night.
“If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccination yet, please don’t delay. Even if you have had COVID-19 and recovered, you can get vaccinated,” a NSW Health spokesperson said.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.