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Strong response to Bomaderry vaccination blitz

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About 150 Aboriginal people received their COVID vaccinations at the old Bomaderry Homes site on Saturday as part of a weekend blitz to increase vaccination rates among Aboriginal people.

And there will be further vaccinations targeting the Aboriginal community at the Nowra PCYC on Wednesday, ahead of health workers returning in three weeks to give people their second jabs.

Aboriginal Population Health Worker Kiarra Smalle said Saturday's response was enthusiastic.

"This is the third clinic I've actually run and, to be honest, everyone's really grateful that we're providing this service to them," she said.

"They always have a couple of questions for the nurses, but overall they're really grateful for the opportunity."

The Shoalhaven's principal Aboriginal health worker, Sharon Bloxsome, said the clinic was a family affair.

"We've had many young people through with their mums and dads, who come in to support their children get the vaccination, so that's really good to see because a lot of the mums and dads have already been vaccinated so I think it's really important important that we encourage access for local teenagers throughout the Shoalhaven," she said.

She added some of the teenagers attending Saturday's clinic had struggled to book in for vaccinations using the existing booking system technology.

"So there's a level of anxiety and everyone's really relieved to get their first shot and they're walking away happy," Ms Bloxsome said.

The Bomaderry clinic was part of a state-wide vaccination blitz aimed at boosting vaccination rates in the Aboriginal community.

 

Two weeks without a new case in Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven has been two weeks with a new COVID case as NSW celebrates a day without a COVID-related death.

In the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday there were just two new cases in the  Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - one in the Wollongong Local Government Area and Shellharbour's first new case for 12 days.

The number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals also fell to five.

Across the state there were 276 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 80,492.

There are currently 191 COVID-19 cases admitted to NSW hospitals, with 31 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

Health officials continue urging people to get tested if they have any flu-like symptoms, and to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Shoalhaven, Kiama, Shellharbour, Eurobodalla and most neighbouring areas have already passed the 95 per cent fully vaccinated benchmark for people aged 16 and over.

However Wollongong's vaccination rates continue to lag behind.

The number of younger people fully vaccinated is also rising.

Across the state, 81.1 per cent of the people aged 12 to 15 have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 75.9 per cent are fully vaccinated.