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St George and Sutherland hospital staff get first COVID-19 jabs

Staff from hospitals and healthcare facilities in St George and Sutherland Shire were among the first to receive COVID-19 jabs this week.

Staff from St George and Sutherland hospitals as well the Garrawarra Centre at Helensburgh - a NSW Health run residential aged care centre - boarded buses to vaccination hubs to receive their first shots.

NSW Health said those staff classified as most at risk of possible COVID-19 exposure - the 1A group - were among the first in the state to receive vaccinations.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) staff boarded buses at St George, Sutherland, Prince of Wales and Sydney/Sydney Eye hospitals each day to attend either Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) or Liverpool Hospital vaccination hubs.

Each day this week, local healthcare staff will receive the first of two vaccinations which will be administered three weeks apart.

Sutherland Hospital's emergency services director Andrew Finckh was among those on the hospital's first bus on Monday morning.

"It'd be fair to say there was a bit of excitement," Dr Finckh said.

"Everyone was looking forward to it. It went very smoothly."

He was among the staff from St George and Sutherland hospitals as well Garrawarra Centre to be vaccinated on day one. They included medical, nursing, allied health, clerical, orderly and cleaning staff.

St George Hospital's emergency services clinical nurse consultant Kate Jarrett was another to receive the jab on day one.

She said Liverpool Hospital had "great streamlined systems" including shuttle buses from car parks and bus stops to the actual hub site.

"The minute you arrive everyone was very welcoming," she said.

"There's been no negativity at all - everyone I know thought it was very good that I was among the first to be getting the vaccine.

"So many thousands of people around the world have already had this vaccine.

"We've all got to move forward to fight this together."

NSW Health said 35,100 frontline workers across the state will receive their first vaccination in the first three weeks of the vaccine rollout.

The initial three-week vaccination phase will also see the Pfizer vaccine administered to hotel quarantine workers, including all staff within quarantine hotels, those screening arrivals at the airport, health staff, cleaners, NSW Police officers and security guards.

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