20 March 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 94.5 per cent have received two doses to Friday 18 March 2022.

  • Of children aged 12 to 15, 83.6 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 79.3 per cent have received two doses.
  • Of children aged 5 to 11, 48.8 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Of people aged 16 plus, 58.3 per cent have now received a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This represents 62.2 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 17,275,305 with 4,977,477 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 12,297,828 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 18 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 four people with COVID-19, two women and two men.

One person was aged in their 60s, one person was aged in their 70s, one person was aged in their 80s and one person was aged in their 90s.

Of the four people, two people had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, one person had received two doses and one person was 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.

Two people were from southern Sydney, one person was from south western Sydney 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 2,023.

There are currently 1,124 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 33 people in intensive care, 15 of whom require ventilation.

There were 16,813 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 9,818 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 6,995 positive PCR tests. The 6,995 positive PCR results were returned from a total of 52,597 PCR tests.

There has now been a total of 554,970 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022.

Following further investigation, 40 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 767 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 1,032,189.

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

LHD Positive PCR tests Positive RATs Total cases
Western Sydney1,1741,2092,383
South Eastern Sydney1,1201,1702,290
Northern Sydney9181,3442,262
South Western Sydney 8831,0371,920
Hunter New England6131,0961,709
Illawarra Shoalhaven364546910
Nepean Blue Mountains301498799
Central Coast251519770
Western NSW214345559
Southern NSW108231339
Mid North Coast32272304
Northern NSW40205245
Far West124860
Correctional settings909
Under Investigation8124105
Total 6,995 9,818 16,813

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%48.8%
All providers – second doses94.5%79.3%


All providers – third doses (ages 16 and over)58.3%n/a


*to 11:59pm 18 March 2022

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW Health Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses2182,310,174
NSW Health – second doses4,0031,979,959
NSW Health – third doses1,955687,344
Total 6,176 4,977,477

*notified from 8pm 18 March to 8pm 19 March 2022.