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Book your vaccination or visit a walk-in clinic

Written by NSW Government

Book your vaccination or visit a walk-in clinic

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Dear Readers

In response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, there are new restrictions in place for all of NSW.

This includes an extension of the current lockdown in regional NSW to 28 August and in Greater Sydney until the end of September.

To help us get back to normal and enjoying the things we love, NSW needs to reach 80% double vaccination rate.

Two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will give you around 90% protection against hospitalisation and death, and significantly reduces the risk of spreading the virus to others.

How to book your first vaccination appointment

Everyone 18+ can book a vaccination appointment at a NSW Health vaccination clinic, your nearest participating pharmacy, or your local GP.

Children 12-15 years with an underlying medical condition, or who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are now eligible to get vaccinated.

16-18 year olds will be eligible to get vaccinated from 30 August.

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Walk-in vaccination clinics in Greater Sydney

Visit one of NSW Health’s 11 walk-in AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccination clinics across Greater Sydney. No booking or GP referral is required.

Find a walk-in clinic

Regional and rural NSW vaccination

If you live in regional or rural NSW, find a NSW Health clinic near you for the AZ vaccine or book an appointment at your nearest participating pharmacy or GP.

Regional bookings

Book your second AZ dose sooner

If you’ve already had your first AZ shot, the time you need to wait before getting your second shot is now shortened to 4 to 8 weeks.

Immunisation advice has been updated because of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the community. The option for a 12 week wait between doses is still available.

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There are free mental health services available now if you need help

It’s natural to be worried about COVID-19 and changes happening all around us. The extended lockdown can have a significant impact on our mental health.

There are easy to follow tips online to help you look after your own wellbeing.

Where you can, check in with friends and family too. Watch this 1min video on how to look out for people close to you.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed there is free mental health phone support available. You can talk to a trained counsellor now.

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Wear a mask when you’re outside

One of the most effective ways to reduce community transmission is by wearing a face mask. No matter where you are in NSW it is now mandatory to wear a mask anytime you’re outside your home, unless you’re exercising or have an exemption.

You must always have a mask on you when you leave home. If you’re going outside to exercise, carry a mask to wear before and after your exercise.

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Do you need to register to travel outside Greater Sydney?

If you live in Greater Sydney and have to travel 50km to regional NSW to:

  • Work (not including emergency services, such as a member of the Ambulance Service of NSW or the NSW Police)
  • Move permanently to regional NSW
  • Travel to a second home outside of Greater Sydney that you are using for work or if it requires urgent repairs. Only one person may travel.

You will need to register online to travel. Registration is valid for 14 days.

You must carry your email confirming your registration with you when travelling.

Shellharbour and the Central Coast are now part of regional NSW (rather than Greater Sydney). People who live in those areas do not need to register to travel.

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Updated case locations map and changes to contract tracing

Know the latest numbers for reported cases plus testing and vaccination statistics for your local area.

Contact tracing in metropolitan Sydney is now focused on people who have potentially been exposed to a close contact in their own household, at workplaces, or in high-risk venues such as healthcare, aged care, schools and childcare.

This new focus has been made because there is now very low risk of infection in casual contact venues.

NSW Health will continue to identify all contact venues (close and casual) in areas outside of metropolitan Sydney, including the Central Coast, Illawarra and Blue Mountains.

To help contract tracers find people who have visited a venue with a recorded case, it’s vital that you check-in every time you visit a business.

If you’re unable to check-in using your mobile, use the new check-in card. Apply for one from Service NSW.

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