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NSW in Pfizer ‘catch up’ with Victoria

Emergency supplies of the vaccine were sent south when Melbourne went into a two-week lockdown, and following Sydney’s own local outbreak, Premier Gladys Berejiklian promised she would ask the Commonwealth to up its supply to NSW. Covid-19 taskforce commander Lieutenant-General John Frewen said state leaders “didn’t make any specific requests” for more vaccine supplies at Monday’s national cabinet meeting, despite reports premiers were demanding more Pfizer. NED-3760-NSW’s new COVID restrictionsLieutenant-General Frewen said he was pleased 98 per cent of Australians due a second dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines turned up to their appointment last week.From July 5, about 500 GPs will start giving out Pfizer, growing to 1000 by July 11 and eventually 1300. As the Covid-19 cluster in Sydney’s eastern suburbs grew to 11 cases on Monday, mandatory mask rules on public transport and in several inner-city local government areas were expected to be expanded.Daily Telegraph – News Feed latest episode“In all likelihood … the existing settings we have in place are likely to continue beyond the initial five days,” Ms Berejiklian said.If rules are extended, residents in the seven council areas, including Waverley and the City of Sydney, would be required to wear a mask in indoor settings such as retail and entertainment venues ­beyond Thursday. Chief health officer Kerry Chant said authorities were at a “critical” point in controlling the outbreak, which has included a case of the disease passing between two people after a “fleeting” contact.In one case at Bondi Junction, transmission occurred “literally (by) someone moving across from each other for a momentary moment,” Dr Chant said.NSW Covid Exposure SitesVisitors to Bondi Junction shopping centre on June 12-13 are urged to get a test.Those people who attended the shopping centre without visiting specific venues of concern don’t need to isolate, but are urged to avoid ­unnecessary travel and work from home while waiting for their result.A bus route from Baulkham Hills to the City and back again emerged as a new close contact location on Monday afternoon, with ­passengers on a spate of other bus routes listed as casual contacts.A warning was also issued for an Ashfield office building on Holden St for the evening of Friday, June 18. Ms Berejiklian said people in Sydney should “restrain their activity” and “refrain from large gatherings unless it’s absolutely necessary”.NAT – Stay Informed – Social Media

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