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Extreme weather across NSW causes COVID-19 vaccine delays

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The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been delayed across NSW as extreme weather continues to lashes the state.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been delayed across NSW as extreme weather continues to lashes the state.

The government had planned to ramp up the number of vaccines being distributed from Monday during Phase 1b of the rollout, which is expected to inoculated 6.1m Australians.

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Health care workers who haven't yet received the jab, those aged over 70, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders aged over 55, younger adults with underlying medical conditions and critical and high-risk workers are all included in the Phase 1b rollout.

However wild weather across NSW means the rollout will be delayed further as authorities struggle to get the vaccine into the worst-affected areas.

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"Vaccines are being delivered across the country and will be in place in most locations by the end of the weekend," a Federal Government spokesperson said in a statement.

"Due to extreme weather conditions and flooding in many parts of NSW, vaccine delivery is being affected in Sydney and across multiple regional NSW locations.

"The Department of Health is working directly with GPs on these issues and we ask for the public's patience and understanding with these unforeseen supply delays."

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More details about the which areas will be affected will be released tomorrow.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/nsw-floods-covid-19-vaccine-rollout-delay-as-extreme-weather-hits-parts-of-the-state/8a8e4d39-e1e4-4368-b099-91047b9ffda0

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