LAKE MACQUARIE ANNOUNCED AS SECOND MASS VACCINATION CENTRE IN NSW

A former Bunnings warehouse in Lake Macquarie will be converted into the state’s second mass vaccination centre.

Over the next six weeks, around 150 people will work on transforming the site, located on the Pacific Highway at Belmont.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the centre will be able to administer up to 20,000 COVID-19 vaccines per week, and is expected to open in mid-July.

“Our mass vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park has been a huge success, vaccinating more than 5,000 people a day already.

“We are planning to replicate that model in the Hunter region, so we can quickly and safely vaccinate as many people as possible across New South Wales.”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has praised the amount of local people who have been tested when they have COVID-19 symptoms.

“The Newcastle community and indeed everyone across the Hunter New England Local Health District has been outstanding in presenting for COVID testing to help keep their loved ones safe.”

The centre will employ up to 100 nurses, 25 pharmacists or pharmacy technicians and around 200 other support staff.

It will administer both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine, with bookings required.