NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard mumbles a half-hearted response to journalist’s reasonable Covid question every resident in NSW under 40 wants the answer to
- NSW Health Minister struggled to give a clear response on vaccine question
- A reporter asked him whether Pfizer would be available for under 40s
- He said both Pfizer and AstraZeneca were ‘worldwide winners’
- ‘We just don’t have enough… Pfizer to do every group at the moment,’ he said
A reporter at Thursday’s Covid press conference noted Pfizer was being given to under 40s in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, ACT and WA, and asked whether the same group in NSW would be able to get Pfizer in the next couple of months, or would need to settle for AstraZeneca.
‘Both of the vaccines are worldwide winners when it comes to stopping death and hospitalisation,’ Mr Hazzard responded.
‘Both vaccines after the first dose, within about 21 days you get about 70 percent efficacy…’
‘The message there is to get vaccinated because 21 days later you have about a 70 percent chance reduction of going into hospital or dying. So both vaccines.
‘In regard to the broader issue, obviously younger people or older people can have either one of the vaccines.’
NSW Health Minister was asked to be definite about whether under 40s in NSW would soon be able to access the Pfizer vaccine
The reporter asked whether under 40s in NSW would soon have access to Pfizer in NSW, noting it was being given to that group in South Australia , the Northern Territory, Tasmania, ACT and WA
Students arrive to be vaccinated with Pfizer at Qudos Bank Arena earlier this week after it was transformed into a Covid-19 vaccination hub
Pressed for a more definite response – given many under 40s in NSW do not have access to Pfizer – Mr Hazzard said residents would need to continue to follow the health advice.
‘We just don’t have enough of the Pfizer to do every group at the moment,’ he said.
Mr Hazzard then called on Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Marianne Gale to answer the question.
‘Clearly the advice is for all in our community who are eligible for the vaccine to really try to get the earliest access to whichever vaccine that you can, be that AstraZeneca or Pfizer,’ Dr Gale said.
The NSW Health website continues to advise that Pfizer is ‘the preferred vaccine for people aged 16 to 59 years.’
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was not planning to extend harsher restrictions across the whole city at Thursday’s Covid update in NSW
The exchange occurred during an update that detailed 345 new community cases of Covid-19 in NSW, the state’s second highest total during this outbreak.
Two men died including one at Liverpool Hospital in an outbreak that has killed seven.
One of the men in his 90s had received a single dose of AstraZeneca, while another man in his 90s who passed away was fully vaccinated with two Pfizer jabs.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there was ‘stabilisation’ in Canterbury-Bankstown, the area hardest hit by the latest outbreak, and said she was not planning to extend harsher restrictions across the whole city.
Almost 3,000 year 12 students received a first doze of Pfizer earlier this week as part of the two-week mass vaccination program conducted at Qudos Bank Arena at Sydney Olympic Park.
Students from eight local government areas (LGAs), including Liverpool, Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown, Georges River and Campbelltown LGAs, received their first Covid-19 vaccinations.
Health minister Brad Hazzard mumbles response to journalist’s reasonable Covid question