03 January 2022

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 13,693,067 with 4,379,425 administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 9,313,642 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Thursday 30 December 2021.

To Friday 31 December 2021 across NSW, 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 93.6 per cent have received two doses.

Of the people aged 12 to 15, 81.5 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 78.2 per cent have received two doses.

NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.

Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine are now available for people aged 18 and over. From tomorrow, those 18 years and over are eligible for a booster if they had their second dose at least 4 months ago. We urge people to get their booster dose as soon as they are eligible, to best protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from the ongoing transmission of COVID-19. We also strongly recommend that people aged 12 years and over who are severely immunocompromised have a third primary dose of vaccine from two months after their second dose.

Sadly, NSW Health is reporting the deaths of four people with COVID-19, two men and two women. Two people were aged in their 70s, one in their 80s, and one in their 90s.

Three people had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one person had received three doses.

This includes a woman in her 90s from western Sydney who died at Bolton Clarke Cabrini Aged Care Facility in Westmead. It is the first death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There are currently 1,204 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 95 people in intensive care, 25 of whom require ventilation.

There were 96,765 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 90,019.

NSW recorded 20,794 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Thirty-two COVID-19 cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 248,875.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 248,875
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 675
Total tests carried out
Total vaccinations administered in NSW13,693,067

Testing capacity in NSW is currently under enormous pressure and the only people getting a PCR (nose and throat swab) should be those who have COVID-19 symptoms; live in a household with a confirmed COVID-19-positive case; or have otherwise been advised by NSW Health to get tested.

Interstate travellers and international arrivals are not required to have a PCR test and should instead undertake rapid antigen tests, as per the guidelines for the respective states and territories.

Symptomatic arrivals will be required to get a PCR as soon as possible and isolate until a negative result is received.

This applies to people who are fully or partially vaccinated, as well as those who are not vaccinated.

Rapid antigen testing can be an additional precaution that you can take if you are planning to socialise with large groups of people, particularly indoors, or interacting with people who are elderly or have serious health conditions. Information on how to use rapid antigen tests is available on the NSW Government website.

People are at risk of developing COVID-19 for 14 days after they were last in contact with a COVID-positive person, so it is important to take precautions during this time. While most people will become positive within the first week after exposure, around a quarter of people exposed to COVID-19 will develop their infection in the following seven days. If you have had a high-risk interaction with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to exercise caution and avoid high-risk settings and large indoor gatherings for 14 days after you last had contact with them.

Of the 20,794 cases reported to 8pm last night, 4,047 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,966 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 3,576 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 2,122 are from Sydney LHD, 1,889 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 1,612 are from Hunter New England LHD, 744 are from Nepean Blue Mountain LHD, 535 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 514 are from Central Coast LHD, 393 are from Northern NSW LHD, 230 are from Southern NSW LHD, 222 are from Mid North Coast LHD, 222 are from Western NSW LHD, 205 are from Murrumbidgee LHD, 12 are in correctional settings, one is in hotel quarantine and 504 are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

If you are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the self-isolation rules.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms it is still important that you have a test and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.

There are COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.

COVID-19 vaccination update

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rateTotal* (ages 16 and over) Total* (ages 12 – 15)
All providers – first doses 95%81.5%
All providers – second doses 93.6%78.2%

*to 11.59pm 30 December 2021

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW HealthDoses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses 275 2,207,835
NSW Health – second doses 1331,936,166
NSW Health – third doses 4,593235,424
Total 5,001 4,379,425

*notified from 8pm 1 January 2022 to 8pm 2 January 2022.

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