Macarthur's mass vaccination hub now open

The new NSW Health mass vaccination centre at Macquarie Fields opened its doors today.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced last month that additional mass vaccination hubs would be established to help more NSW residents get vaccinated.

The new Macquarie Fields hub is located in an old Coles space at Glenquarie Town Centre.

It will become the largest COVID-19 vaccination centre in the south-west, with the capacity to vaccinate up to 20,000 people each week.

Werriwa MP Anne Stanley welcomed the arrival of mass vaccination clinic and called on residents to take advantage of the new facility.

"I have been calling for more vaccines and more vaccination clinics since the rollout was first announced," Ms Stanley said.

"While the vaccination program has been too slow and ineffective to date, I hope this marks a turning points.

"The Vaccination Centre does not accept walk-ins - you must have an appointment in order to receive your vaccination.

"An interpreting service is available at the Vaccination Centre. If you need support, you can call the COVID-19 Vaccination Program hotline on 1300 056 676.

"If you are eligible for the vaccine, please consider booking an appointment. Getting vaccinated will keep our loved ones and our community safe and see us out of lockdown."

South Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Amanda Larkin said the new centre would play a vital role in the national vaccine rollout and further assist to protect the community from COVID-19.

"This new centre will provide another opportunity for many more community members from across south western Sydney to receive their vaccinations close to home and to help protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from COVID-19,'' Ms Larkin said.

"It will initially open six days a week and significantly increase our capacity to offer vaccination to the community.''

Wollondilly Mayor Robert Khan said the new South Western Sydney Vaccination Centre at Macquarie Fields was a positive step.

He said a number of Wollondilly GPs were also offering vaccinations from their clinics.

"I have got my jabs and I'm glad to have that protection," he said.

"Even if I do get COVID-19, being vaccinated means my chances of sickness or hospitalisation are extremely low."

The new NSW Health mass vaccination centre at Macquarie Fields opened it's doors today. Pictures: Simon Bennett/AAP

The new NSW Health mass vaccination centre at Macquarie Fields opened it's doors today. Pictures: Simon Bennett/AAP


Cr Khan has also encouraged locals to get tested to make sure any cases are picked up before they spread throughout the shire.

He said Wollondilly was usually at the forefront but needed to up its game when it comes to testing numbers, with only half the number of tests for COVID-19 per 1000 residents in comparison to other parts of south-west Sydney.

"Wollondilly has been fortunate so far that the current outbreak hasn't taken hold in the shire, however this is a very contagious strain of the virus and with many of our residents travelling out of the area for essential work, we need to stay vigilant," he said.

"Cases are spreading quickly across the south west of Sydney, so even if you have the mildest of symptoms, you should get tested.

"If you have been in any of the areas of concern, you should also get tested. We want to keep our families and our community safe."

The Macquarie Fields mass vaccination centre is open from 8am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday and will provide up to 5000 vaccinations a day.

The vaccination centre will operate in addition to the Liverpool Vaccination Centre, which has now administered more than 100,000 injections since it opened in February 2021.

Bookings are essential and can be made via the Federal Government's Vaccine Eligibility Checker at covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.