18 April 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 94.7 per cent have received two doses to Saturday 16 April 2022.

  • Of children aged 12 to 15, 83.3 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 79.6 per cent have received two doses.
  • Of children aged 5 to 11, 49.9 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 32.7 per cent have received two doses.
  • Of people aged 16 plus, 61.8 per cent have now received a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This represents 65.7 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 17,710,973, with 5,045,447 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 12,665,526 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Saturday 16 April 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; three men and one woman.

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

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

Two people were from Western Sydney, one person was from Sydney’s north 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 2,618.

There are currently 1,576 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 67 people in intensive care, 22 of whom require ventilation.

There were 11,166 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 6,802 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 4,364 positive PCR tests. The positive PCR results were returned from a total of 24,610 PCR tests.

Following further investigation, 9 COVID-19 cases reported by RAT have been excluded. There has now been a total of 858,276 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022.

Following further investigation, 83 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 370 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 1,270,268.

NSW Health continues to urge everyone to take four simple precautions to protect each other:

  • use a mask in indoor settings where you cannot maintain a safe physical distance from others,
  • get your booster vaccine,
  • get a test and isolate immediately if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, and
  • clean your hands regularly.

Cases confirmed by PCR test and registered as RAT positive in the 24 hours to 4pm 17 April 2022, by Local Health District

Local Health District
Positive PCR tests Positive RATs Total cases
Hunter New England 435 1,092 1,527
Northern Sydney 594 780 1,374
Western Sydney 701 639 1,340
South Eastern Sydney 600 618 1,218
South Western Sydney 538 585 1,123
Sydney 511 444 955
Illawarra Shoalhaven 238 407 645
Nepean Blue Mountains 167 376 543
Central Coast 147 381 528
Western NSW 110 329 439
Murrumbidgee 56 331 387
Northern NSW 55 285 340
Southern NSW 70 215 285
Mid North Coast 22 247 269
Far West 5 42 47
Correctional settings 12 0 12
Hotel Quarantine 1 0 1
Unknown 102 31 133
Total 4,364 6,802 11,166

COVID-19 vaccination update

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rateTotal* (ages 16 and over) Total* (ages 12 – 15)Total* (ages 5 -11)
All providers – first doses> 95%83.3%49.9%
All providers – second doses
All providers – third doses (ages 16 and over)61.8%n/an/a

*to 11:59pm 16 April 2022

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW HealthDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses23
NSW Health – second doses51
NSW Health – third doses122

*notified from 8pm 16 April to 8pm 17 April 2022.