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Park wants more COVID vaccines with the Illawarra at tipping point

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Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park is demanding more vaccines for the Illawarra Shoalhaven after a record 53 COVID cases across the region yesterday.

The Member for Keira said the district must get prioritised for additional vaccines with the local case peak expected to come in the next few weeks.

Park said the region had a lower vaccination level when compared to the other areas across the Greater Sydney LGAs but with many local residents needing to access west and south west Sydney for essential work, claimed it's critical that supply be increased.

"We are at a tipping point," Park said.

"53 cases can quickly turn into hundreds with the Delta variant and we simply cannot afford that to happen.

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"Our vaccination hub can be doing around 2500 vaccinations every day at the moment it's sitting at less than 1000, that needs to change and change quick," Park said.

"Millions of dollars have been spent setting up and leasing the space for the vaccination hub yet at the moment it's running at less than half its capacity, that can't continue given the situation we are in.

"My colleagues and I will be raising this again with both the Health Minister and Deputy Premier and calling on them to direct more vaccines to the region," Park said.

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