NSW trials home quarantine as 1284 cases and 12 deaths recorded

NSW has recorded 1284 new local cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Twelve people – including two people in their 20s – have died with the disease in the past 24 hours.

More than 80.7 per cent of people in the state have had one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 49.6 percent have had one jab.

Meanwhile, hotel quarantine is set to be dramatically wound back in New South Wales, 9News political reporter Chris O’Keefe has revealed.

A number of people, including Qantas employees, will be allowed to quarantine at home for seven days, rather than in a hotel for 14.

They must have been vaccinated with TGA-approved vaccines.

The program follows South Australia’s home quarantine pilot, and will be policed with the technology being used in that state.

New drive-through vaccination centre

Sydney’s first drive-through coronavirus vaccine hub opened this morning, as NSW prepares to mark a major step forward in the jab rollout.

The Belmore Sports Ground will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until more supply is available.

The ground is normally home to the Canterbury Bulldogs NRL team but has been transformed into a vaccine centre.
The Belmore Sports Ground, home to the Bulldogs NRL team, is now Sydney’s first drive-through vaccination hub. (Google Maps)

It has capacity to administer 1000 doses each day for three days of the week with hopes NSW Health will provide more doses.

The aim is to inoculate entire families without them having to leave their car, all in just 30 minutes.

Residents in Sydney’s south-west will now have greater access to vaccines with the opening of a new hub in Belmore. (Louise Kennerley/Sydney Morning Herald)

General Practitioner Dr Jamal Rifi, who is behind the initiative, says it will be of huge benefit to families in the city’s south-west because it will be able to “meet their needs”.

Children aged 12 and over will be able to get the jab with their parents

“We’ve spoken to the large families in the area, we’re going to start vaccinating those aged 12 years and older and they’re not going to have to leave their younger siblings at home, they can bring them with them,” Dr Rifi told Today.

“Mothers and fathers won’t need to worry about making arrangements for their kids.

“They get all the family in their car, and they come in, and if the parents are not immunised, we will immunise them.

“The younger ones also will feel more comfortable in the car, rather than in an enclosed space with hundreds of different strangers.”

Dr Rifi said the hub would see vaccination rates boosted across the south-west and west “so we can open up the same as the rest of Sydney”.

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