Pockets in Sydney’s suburbs are leading the way when it comes to vaccination coverage against Covid-19, with more than 90 percent of residents already fully stung.
As New South Wales moves one step closer to freedoms once the state has achieved 70 per cent of full vaccination coverage, several zip codes at the epicenter of the Delta outbreak in Sydney have already done their part.
Schofields in the city’s northwest and Edmondson Park in the southwest top the list with more than 90 percent of eligible residents already rolling up their sleeves for both doses, double the current state average of 46.5 percent .
The 2302 postcode of Newcastle West north of Sydney also delivered the impressive performance, followed by Lord Howe Island off the NSW mid-north coast at 80-89 per cent.
This map of Sydney shows the full vaccination coverage by postcode with the highest rates in dark blue and the lowest in yellow
The next best area of Sydney is the 2765 postcode, which covers Berkshire Park, Box Hill, Maraylya, Marsden Park, Nelson, Oakville, Riverstone, Vineyard with 70-79 percent vaccination coverage.
NSW POSTAL CODES WITH THE HIGHEST VACCINE PRICES
1. 2762, Schofields, 90 percent + fully vaccinated
2. 2174, Edmondson Park, 90 percent +
3. 2302, Newcastle West, 90 percent +
4. 2898, Lord Howe Island, 80-89 percent
5. 2765, Berkshire Park, Box Hill, Maraylya, Marsden Park, Nelson, Oakville, Riverstone, Vineyard, 70-79 percent
6. 2899 Norfolk Island, 70-79 percent 7. 2179 Austral, Leppington
7. 2153, Baulkham Hills, Bella Vista, Winston Hills, 60-69 percent
8. 2113 East Ryde, Macquarie Park, North Ryde, 60-69 percent
9. 2030, Dover Heights, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay, 60-69 percent
A large number of Sydney postcodes are in the 60-69 percent full coverage rate, from Austral and Leppington in the southwest to Baulkham Hills, Bella Vista, Winston Hills in the northwest to the upscale suburbs of Dover Heights, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay in the East.
At the other end of the scale, in the west, Silverwater is Sydney’s worst performing zip code, with only 10-19 percent of the population fully vaccinated.
The inner-city suburbs of Chippendale and Darlington also lag at a double dose of 20-29 percent.
Badgerys Creek in the southwest also has some work to do to increase its double vaccination rate from 20 to 29 percent, despite being surrounded by zip codes with more than 90 percent vaccination rates.
On the Central Coast, zip codes leading the way are the 20863 zip code of Brooklyn and surrounding suburbs, where 60-69 percent of eligible residents are now fully vaccinated.
Also with more than half of the population fully vaccinated are zip codes 2260 (including Terrigal and Erina Heights) and 2251 (Avoca Beach).
In terms of local government, the Ku-ring-gai Council in the north of Sydney leads the way with 59.6 percent of fully vaccinated residents, followed by Woollahra in the east of the city and Murray River in Riverina state, both with 56.6 percent.
They are followed by Mosman (55.8 percent), while Hunters Hill (54.6 percent) rounds out the top five.
The high spike in vaccinations in some Sydney zip codes is due to the recent arrival of Pfizer doses from Poland.
“You can see where we deployed the Polish Pfizer over the three weeks and again 970,000 vaccines in three weeks through NSW over that period. What we’re seeing now is the result of that,” said Dr. NSW Health, Susan Pearce.
“The work for us now, what’s really important is making sure we get to the bottom of looking at areas within LGAs and even certain suburbs – there are high rates, which is great, but we’ve had to focus on where the rates are lower and that is exactly the work we do.’
Edmondson Park (pictured) in Sydney’s southwest is home to more than 3,150 residents over the age of 16, where more than 90 percent are fully vaccinated
The Sydney suburb of Schofields also has a 90 per cent double jab rate, with residents rolling up their sleeves to end lockdowns
Health teams are increasing access to vaccines to areas with lower rates with mobile pop-up clinics.
“We’re looking at the zip code data rather than just the LGA data so we can really focus on that.
I think one of the things about vaccines that we’ve always known was that the more people were vaccinated the more people would be vaccinated because they see that getting vaccinated is safe and effective and so all we can do continuously is encourage people to follow suit and please, please keep coming out.”
Health officials are looking at postcodes rather than LGA rates to focus on where to increase vaccination coverage (pictured full Greater Sydney vaccination coverage map)
dr. Pearce also wants vaccination coverage to increase in Parramatta’s local government areas, which is below average.
“Most of the other LGAs have gone up very significantly and you have to remember that just a few weeks ago we were talking about percentages, first dose percentages of, in some cases, less than 20 percent,” she said.
“We now see those LGAs with percentages above 70 percent and 80 percent in terms of first dose. That’s remarkable,” she said.
More than eight million doses have been administered across NSW, where 78.8 percent of over 16s have received a single shot and 46.5 percent have been fully vaccinated.
The aim is for NSW to reach the full 70 percent vaccination rate by mid-October.
On the NSW Central Coast north of Sydney, postal codes leading the way include the 2063 zip code of Brooklyn and surrounding suburbs (in dark blue), where 60-69 percent of eligible residents are now fully vaccinated
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Meetings in the home and public areas
· A maximum of five visitors are allowed in a house where all adults have been vaccinated (not including children aged 12 and under).
· Up to 20 people can gather outside.
Locations including catering, shops and gyms
· Catering establishments can open again provided that one person per 4 m² inside and one person per 2 m² outside, standing and drinking is allowed outside.
· Shops can reopen under the rule of one person per 4 m² (unvaccinated people can only access critical shops).
· Personal services such as hairdressers and nail studios are allowed to open with one person per 4 m², with a maximum of five customers per building.
· Gyms and indoor recreational facilities are allowed to open under the rule of one person per 4 m² and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
· Sports facilities including swimming pools can open again.
Stadiums, theaters and large outdoor recreational facilities
· Major outdoor recreational facilities, including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos, are allowed to reopen with one person per 4 m², with a maximum of 5,000 people.
· Up to 500 people can attend outdoor events with tickets and seating.
· Indoor entertainment and information facilities, including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries, may reopen with one person per 4 m² or 75 percent fixed seating capacity.
Weddings, funerals and places of worship
· Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, dancing is allowed and eating and drinking only while seated.
· Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, eat and drink seated.
· Churches and places of worship may be opened for one person per line of 4 m², without singing.
· Domestic travel, including travel to regional NSW, is permitted.
· Caravan parks and camping areas are allowed to open.
· Carpooling is allowed.
Unvaccinated youths under the age of 16 have access to all outdoor environments, but can only visit indoor sites with members of their household.
Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.
There will be revised guidelines on isolation for close and informal contacts who have been fully vaccinated, with details to be provided closer to the reopening date.
· Masks remain mandatory for all indoor public places, including public transportation, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on airplanes and at airports.
· Only catering staff is obliged to wear a mouth mask outside.
· Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask indoors.