NSW to receive huge Pfizer haul as Sydney grapples with Covid outbreak

A fresh batch of Pfizer vaccines are on their way to Covid-riddled Sydney as the city continues to grapple with its latest outbreak.

NSW will receive almost 185,000 Pfizer jabs during the next two weeks, including 20,000 doses to be sent to the regions.

Scott Morrison confirmed the new allocation of 183,690 doses of Pfizer which will arrive from August 9 in a statement sent to NCA NewsWire.

“This is in addition to the 200,000 additional Pfizer doses that the Commonwealth has already provided,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr Morrison confirmed those in the regions, who had their vaccine doses redirected to Year 12 students in south west Sydney and other residents in badly affected areas would have those doses “replaced”.

Camera IconOn Friday night Scott Morrison announced a new road map to freedom. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: News Corp Australia

“Importantly, the vast majority of these (new) doses will go straight to south west Sydney,” Mr Morrison said.

“Those in the regions will also have their redirected doses replaced.”

“This is another shot in the arm for the state’s vaccination roll out. Every vaccination can save a life.”

On Friday night Mr Morrison announced a new road map to freedom, confirming 70 per cent of the eligible population will need to be fully vaccinated before restrictions could start to lift.

“We will get to phase C when we hit 80 per cent,” he said.

“The targets are there for us all to achieve and for us all to work towards.”

Sydneysiders have entered their fifth week of lockdown with any freedoms hinged on vaccination rates as well as case numbers.

The NSW Premier has repeatedly urged people to get jabbed and asked residents to consider the AstraZeneca vaccine, citing vaccination rates would help decide when lockdown ends.

Camera IconMore Pfizer doses are on the way to NSW. NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi Credit: News Corp Australia

“Once you get to 50 per cent vaccination rates, you can look to ease restrictions but that depends on where the case numbers are at,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“It doesn’t mean we will be as free as we would like at 80 per cent or 70 per cent but it means we can live life more freely and we should all aim towards that,” she explained on Monday.

For NSW to reach the state government’s target of six million doses by the end of August close to 70,000 doses will have to be administered daily between now and then.

Earlier this week the federal government said 70 per cent of Australian adults could be immunised against Covid-19 by the end of November.

Based on current figures, the ACT and Northern Territory would be the first to reach that target, with NSW the first state to get there.

Camera IconPeople queue to get vaccinated. NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip Credit: News Corp Australia

According to covidlive.com.au 70 per cent of the eligible adult population will be fully vaccinated by mid-December.

Australia will reach 80 per cent a the beginning of January, according to their forecasting.

Another 233 new cases of Covid were reported in NSW yesterday, including almost 50 who were infectious in the community.

More than four million vaccine doses have been administered in NSW with about 20 per cent of the population fully vaccinated.

NSW Health has been contacted for comment.

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