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Super Sunday push to get sports fans vaccinated

Victoria has recorded 92 new local cases of Covid-19 on Sunday as residents await an announcement on whether the state’s sixth lockdown will be extended beyond September 2.The Department of Health confirmed the figure on Sunday morning, advising 61 of the 92 cases could be traced to existing outbreaks.A total of 51,030 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, while 31,436 vaccine doses were administered. It comes as Covid commander Jeroen Weimar said a new “cluster of concern” had emerged on Saturday, a Woolworths and car wash on Plummer St in Port Melbourne, with four cases confirmed so far.VIRUS ALERTS FOR ALDI, BASKETBALL COURTSA western Sydney basketball court has been deemed a coronavirus exposure site, while a range of venues including an Aldi store in regional NSW have been pinged by health authorities. On Sunday, NSW Health issued an updated list of exposure sites.Among them was the Koonoona Park Villawood basketball courts in Villawood.A Covid-19 positive case visited the location at 1 Karella Ave on Sunday, August 22 between 1pm and 6pm.Anyone who was also at the site at the listed time was deemed a close contact and must urgently get tested and quarantine for 14 days regardless of the result. NSW Health was also notified of new casual-contact venues of concern across NSW that were linked with positive cases.Many were listed in the central NSW town of Dubbo.ALDI: 176 Talbragar Street; Wednesday August 18 between 9.20am and 10.30am.ALDI: 176 Tralbagar Street; Monday August 23 between 12.45pm and 1.45pm; Monday August 23 between 12:45pm and 1:45pm; Sunday August 22 between 10:25am and 11:30am; Saturday August 21 between 8:40am and 4:00pm; Friday August 20 between 8:30am and 1:00pm; Friday August 20 between 12pm and 1pm; Thursday August 19 between 9.45am and 1pm.BIG W: Orana Mall, Wheelers Lane; Sunday August 22 between 3:40pm and 4pm.BOTTLE SHOP WESTSIDE HOTEL: 22-30 Whylandra Street; Wednesday August 25 between 6:05pm and 6:10pm.BP DUBBO: 107 Erskine Street; Monday August 23 between7:10pm and 7:25pm.CENTRAL MCDONALDS: 22 Cobra Street; Monday August 23 between7am and 7:40pm.A full list of the coronavirus hotspots can be viewed on the NSW Government website.SUPER SUNDAY PUSH TO GET SPORTS FANS VACCINATEDGet vaccinated and get back to sport sooner. That’s the message for today’s Sport Super Sunday being held at vaccination centres in the 12 local government areas of concern this weekend. Canterbury-Bulldogs CEO Aaron Warburton will join Bulldogs legend Terry Lamb at Canterbury Hospital at 10am to kick off Super Sunday.“I’m happy to help promote vaccinations. To keep our community safe we are asking those to come out and get our country back to some form of normality,” Mr Warburton said.“We have a diverse, multicultural support base and community. We know everyone will make their own decision, but for us as a club to get into next season and see our fans back at the stadium and our staff back at work, vaccination is the only way forward.”NSW Health Deputy Secretary Susan Pearce called on everyone who loves to play or watch sport to don their sporting colours and set a new vaccination record today.“Sporting codes will go head-to-head to compete for the NSW Vaccination Championship Cup, and know that they are doing the best thing for their health, and the health of their community,” Ms Pearce said.National – 2021 – Covid Vaccination StatsGeneral manager of Canterbury Hospital Kiel Harvey said: “We’ve had a long association with the Canterbury Bulldogs and we know they love this community as much as we do.“It’s been a challenging time for our staff, who have been working around the clock dealing with rising Covid-19 case numbers, running a 24-hour-a-day testing clinic, and now vaccinating as many people as possible.“But we continue to be impressed at the ways in which the community has banded together and shown great resilience. Together, we can do this — and soon we can all get back to doing what we love.”Previous Super Sundays have helped to vaccinate more than 10,000 supermarket and food industry workers, construction workers, and university students in one day.NSW Vaccine Locator“Our vaccination hubs have bookings available for people aged 16 to 39 in local government areas of concern across Sydney, and we want to see sporting clubs rally together and promote vaccinations across their teams,” Ms Pearce said. “It would be great to see people wearing team colours at our hubs to go into the draw for some great prizes and a chance to prove which code came out the strongest.”Those aged 16 to 39 who live in Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield or Penrith local government areas should make a booking here.Wear team uniforms, colours or gear, and take a selfie to post on your local club sites with the hash tag #vaccinationchampion.JAB GO THE SHEARERS, JAB, JAB, JABShearers and farmers in the ­regions are getting the vaccine in droves as the industry adapts to the new normal – and they are encouraging everyone else to do the same. Shearer Zach Mather said because shearing was a seasonal job, he often had to travel around NSW and Queensland for work, so getting the vaccine was a no-brainer.“I’m always away so that’s one of the main reasons. I have a daughter and a young family at home and its all about their future,” he said. “I was up in the air about getting it with everything out there but you have to think of other people.” Shearers like Mr Mather are flocking to vaccination clinics, and some employers are even organising nurses to come and vaccinate all their shearers in one go at work.Mr Mather called on everyone, from the regions to the cities, to get the jab.“Get off the fence and get the jab, we need to do it to move forward, get it done so the younger generation can live the life that we lived,” he said.“The sooner people do it the quicker we can get regional NSW open, because the businesses up here are struggling, all the cafes and pubs and little country shops.”Daily Telegraph – News Feed latest episodeFarmer Peter Capel, who lives on a property near the town of Manilla, said while the community was fairly hesitant to get the vaccine earlier in the year, the arrival of Delta in NSW changed everything.“People were a bit apprehensive, but once the Delta variant got going everyone has lifted their game and the only way to get out of this is to get vaccinated,” he said. Mr Capel said being able to work as usual was important not just for his shearers’ income stream, but also for the animals’ welfare. As the farm enters lambing season, shearing is important to stave off nasties like flies and infections. “The rural people are actually on the front foot, people are proactive,” Mr Capel said “It’s very important that everyone stays on the front foot and gets vaccinated.”Got a news tip? Email [email protected] – Stay Informed – Social Media

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