However, the City of Sydney and Randwick local authority areas have also seen a large number of cases over the last two weeks.
There have been 740 new cases in the City of Sydney and 423 in Randwick since September 1, about two-thirds of the cases registered in both councils since the start of the outbreak 14 weeks ago. (Nationwide, infections detected in the last fourteen days have accounted for about 40 percent of the total cases in the outbreak.)
NSW Health doctor Jeremy McAnulty maintained that the concerns of listed local authorities were reviewed daily and the city of Sydney and Randwick had not yet met this threshold.
As with vaccination rates, there are significant variations between case numbers recorded in the suburbs: in the city of Sydney, the numbers in Waterloo continue to rise, while in suburbs like Erskineville there have been comparatively fewer cases. In Randwick, most cases are recorded in the Maroubra and Eastgardens.
University of Sydney clinical epidemiologist Fiona Stanaway said, as has been observed across the city as a whole, lower socioeconomic groups were more likely to catch the virus.
“In the suburbs where gentrification has taken place, Erskineville, like Erskineville, has jobs where they can stay at home,” she said. “It is the people who perform the low-wage less secure jobs who get more exposure; they are more likely to get it. ”
Dr Stanaway said the push for vaccinations among younger people in local government concerns had been successful, but people under 40 were still struggling to book elsewhere in the city.
Associate Professor Holly Seale, a vaccine communications researcher at UNSW, agreed that there had been access issues for younger age groups, especially those who did not receive targeted Pfizer doses or were only recently included in these programs, such as Sydney and Randwick.
“In some LGAs, it is certainly not that people have hesitated,” she said, noting that advertising for small pop-up clinics in the inner and eastern suburbs had not been as important as advertising for large vaccination hubs, such as Qudos Bank Arena, in the west.
Randwick Mayor Danny Said attributed the council’s lower vaccination rate to its younger population and the lack of Pfizer availability. He said he had written to the prime minister and health minister requesting better vaccination access in the area several times during the lockdown.
“We are not an LGA of anti-waxers, we really want to get out there and get it,” he said, noting that he himself booked into AstraZeneca with a doctor months ago, but was turned down because he was eligible for Pfizer shots (which he could only receive months later). “It’s just been hard.”
Less than a week after Randwick residents were urged to receive a Pfizer shot at the Novotel Hotel in Brighton-le-Sands, the hub closed.
A spokesman for the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District said the hub was always established in the short term and participants were booked for their second dose at the Hurstville Aquatic Center.
In recent days, the eastern suburbs have given up Labor MPs Ron Hoenig, Marjorie O’Neill and Michael Daley urging NSW Health to open a mass vaccination center for the area.
On Wednesday, data from the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority showed that six childcare centers in Randwick’s local authority area were temporarily closed.
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