Sydney’s first drive-through vaccination hub has opened in Canterbury Bankstown in south-west Sydney, with family groups amongst those queuing in their cars on the first day.
The initiative of Belmore GP Dr Jamal Rifi and his team at Belmore Respiratory Clinic, the drive-through at the Canterbury Bulldogs Football Stadium comes at a perfect time, just ahead of the school holidays and as vaccinations have opened up to children aged between 12 and 15 years.
New South Wales is now leading Australia on vaccination rates. Over 80 percent of those aged over 16 have now received one dose, and nearly 50 percent are fully vaccinated, compared with national rates of 69.8 percent and 44.7.
Canterbury-Bankstown, one of Sydney’s Local Government Areas of concern, has seen its vaccination rates jump markedly, with 80 percent of the population having had one dose and just over 40 percent fully vaccinated.
CroakeyVOICES journalist Cate Carrigan caught up with Dr Jamal Rifi at the vaccination hub.
Listen to the interview here – where he says “we will work day and night” to achieve highest possible vaccination rates. Any previous vaccination hesitancy has disappeared, he says.
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