This was in stark contrast to the four-hour queues and rare appointments in August, when the center was vaccinating thousands of people every day.
Anna Brazier, 24, said she had resisted due to illness during pregnancy and the few cases of COVID-19 in Cherrybrook in the highly vaccinated Hills district where she lives meant she was “less exposed “.
“I’m not anti-vax… I just felt like I wasn’t going to work, I was staying home and not living in areas with very high cases… so I waited.”
Vaccination with Pfizer or Moderna vaccines is strongly recommended during pregnancy due to the severity of COVID-19 for pregnant women.
Administrative hurdles, difficulties using reservation systems, and health concerns prevented Lianggang Lou, 61, on a temporary visa, from getting her vaccine early.
“It’s just a relief to finally be able to do it,” she said, arriving at the vaccination center before receiving her first injection of Moderna.
Every weekday, between 4,000 and 5,000 people aged 16 and over in NSW receive a first dose.
In south-west Sydney, thousands of people received the first vaccines last week as health officials urged recovered cases not to delay their vaccinations, even though they would be exempt from a warrant for six months.
Over 1,500 initial doses have been administered in the Canterbury-Bankstown local government area, around 960 in Cumberland and over 880 in Liverpool.
More than 900 residents of Sydney city, which has the city’s lowest reported rate, received their first vaccine last week.
Vaccination rates among seniors in their twenties continue to lag behind the rest of the state’s adult population. As of Tuesday, less than 87% of people in this age group had received a first injection.
Health chief Kerry Chant said she wanted to make sure no one was “left behind” in the vaccine rollout.
“There is a large group of the population who have not yet benefited from the protection of vaccines,” she said.
In her practice at Glebe, NSW president of the Royal Australian College of GPs, Charlotte Hespe’s conversations with hesitant patients are much the same as July’s, but there is an added element – pride.
“Over time, they became convinced that the safety of the vaccine was OK, and the majority got access to the vaccine they wanted,” Dr. Hespe said.
“But for some people, it’s just about being able to let go of that ‘I’m not going’ attitude – that’s pride, if you’ve made a big deal not to get it.”
Although routine childhood immunization rates in New South Wales have reached 95%, experts said adults ‘reasons for being resistant to COVID-19 vaccines were often different than parents’ anti-vaccination.
“There are many common denominators: perceptions of risk, perceptions of safety, concerns about side effects,” said Associate Professor Holly Seale, vaccine communications researcher at UNSW.
However, while parents who are resistant to the vaccine may express concern about combination injections and their child’s immune system being “overloaded,” for those who are reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the argument from Immunity takes a different form: a belief that they have a good enough immune system to “fight” the virus.
“This is something we also hear when the flu shot comes in every year,” said Dr Seale, noting, conversely, that for healthy young adults, one of the most important factors. powerful to get a flu shot or COVID-19 protected people more vulnerable than themselves. .
Julie Leask, a professor at the University of Sydney and the World Health Organization’s advisor on immunization, said the refusal of the childhood vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine was somehow a matter of ideology personal, although the shots of childhood, considered traditional and a rite of passage, were less politicized.
Professor Leask said the line between those who are hesitant and those who refuse vaccination is “definitely blurred”.
“With a new vaccine, these categories don’t describe how people will be for life – people can change their mind,” she said, expressing optimism that the state could reach 95 coverage. %.
Dr Seale agreed, noting that she always encountered people who mistakenly believed that all vaccines carried risks of blood clots, or that pregnant women could not be vaccinated.
Although targets for reopening the state have been linked to the population aged 16 and over, there are concerns that numbers have stalled in the 12-15 age group, where 79.6% of children are received a first dose.
“We are stubbornly seeing this decrease around that first dose level of 80%,” Dr. Chant warned.
Data released by the federal government last week showed that while some areas of Sydney have first-dose immunization coverage of over 90 percent in the younger age group, others were below two-thirds.
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