20 February 2022

Across NSW, more than 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 94.3 per cent have received two doses to Friday 18 February 2022.

  • Of children aged 12 to 15, 83.6 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 79 per cent have received two doses
  • Of children aged 5 to 11, 46.5 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Of people aged 16 plus, 51.4 per cent have now received a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This represents 55.5 per cent of the eligible population that received their second dose more than three months ago.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 16,649,907 with 4,890,264 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 11,759,643 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Friday 18 February 2022.

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

Sadly, NSW Health is reporting the deaths of 21 people with COVID-19; 15 men and six women.

One person was in their 50s, three people were in their 60s, five people were in their 70s, eleven people were in their 80s and one person was in their 90s. Older age is a significant risk factor for serious illness and death for COVID-19, particularly when combined with significant underlying health conditions.

Two of these people were aged under 65. One person had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and the other person had received two doses. They both had significant underlying health conditions.

Of those aged 65 and over, nine people had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, seven people had received two doses and three people were not vaccinated.

Five people were from south western Sydney, three people were from western Sydney, three people were from south eastern Sydney, three people were from Sydney’s inner west, two people were from northern Sydney, one person was from Sydney’s north west, one person was from the Grafton area, one person was from the Tamworth region, one person was from Wollongong and one person was from the Central Coast.

NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,834.

There are currently 1,280 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 77 people in intensive care, 35 of whom require ventilation.

There were 5,582 positive test results (cases) notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 3,866 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 1,716 positive PCR tests. The 1,716 positive PCR results were returned from 22,590 PCR tests.

There has now been a total of 352,703 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022.

Following further investigation, 22 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 253 cases previously reported as RAT-positive have been confirmed as PCR-positive cases, bringing the total number of cases detected by PCR tests in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 901,751.

Cases confirmed by PCR test and registered as RAT positive in the 24 hours to 4pm 19 February 2022, by Local Health District

LHD Positive PCR tests Positive RATs Total cases
Hunter New England 249 636 885
South Western Sydney 240 453 693
Western Sydney 239 404 643
Northern Sydney 142 347 489
South Eastern Sydney 148 311 459
Sydney 154 228 382
Central Coast 115 228 343
Nepean Blue Mountains 95 236 331
Illawarra Shoalhaven 92 195 287
Western NSW 56 172 228
Murrumbidgee 40 179 219
Mid North Coast 24 183 207
Northern NSW 55 122 177
Southern NSW 21 113 134
Far West 9 46 55
Correctional settings 9 0 9
Hotel Quarantine 1 0 1
Unknown 27 13 40
Total 1,716 3,866 5,582

 

COVID-19 vaccination update

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rate Total* (ages 16 and over) Total* (ages 12–15) Total* (ages 5-11)
All providers – first doses> 95%83.6%46.5%
All providers – second doses 94.3%79%

0.7%

All providers – third doses (ages 16 and over) 51.4%n/a

n/a

* to 11.59pm 18 February 2022

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW Health Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses559
2,305,058
NSW Health – second doses 205
1,949,198
NSW Health – third doses4,046
636,008
Total 4,810 4,890,264

* notified from 8pm 18 February 2022 to 8pm 19 February 2022. ​

Video of today’s update.