Across NSW, more than 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 94.5 per cent have received two doses to Thursday 17 March 2022.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 17,244,463 with 4,971,301 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 12,273,162 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Thursday 17 March 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 today reporting the deaths of twelve people with COVID-19, seven men and five women.
Two people were aged in their 50s, three people were aged in their 70s, four people were aged in their 80s and three people were aged in their 90s.
Of the ten people who died over the age of 65, three people had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, three people had received two doses and four were not vaccinated. Older age is a significant risk factor for serious illness and death for COVID-19, particularly when combined with significant underlying health conditions.
The two men in their 50s who died were both unvaccinated and had significant underlying health conditions.
Three people were from south western Sydney, one person was from south eastern Sydney, one person was from northern Sydney, one person was from Sydney's Inner West, two people were from the Northern Rivers, one person was from the Cessnock area, one person was from the Maitland area, one person was from Wollongong area, and one person was from the Southern Tablelands.
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 2,019.
There are currently 1,090 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 29 people in intensive care, 13 of whom require ventilation.
There were 19,060 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 11,429 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 7,631 positive PCR tests. The 7,631 positive PCR results were returned from a total of 47,616 PCR tests.
There has now been a total of 545,935 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022.
Following further investigation, 38 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 820 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 1,024,467.
*to 11:59pm 17 March 2022
*notified from 8pm 17 March to 8pm 18 March 2022.