More eager to get vaccine as COVID cases climb

With new positive COVID cases being announced almost daily, most in the north Central Coast, residents flocked to Wyong and Gosford hospitals over the weekend to be vaccinated.

Medical staff were kept busy with 1636 people lining up for the jab at the rapid vaccination clinics.

The Central Coast now has 23.3 per cent of its population aged over 15 fully vaccinated and 49.9 per cent receiving one dose, according to the latest data (August 8) from the Australian Immunisation Register.

Walk-in Astra Zeneca vaccination clinics are open every Sunday from 7am to 3pm at Wyong and Gosford hospitals, with extra clinics at Wyong Hospital on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6am to 11:30am.

A total of 36 pharmacies across the Coast, including the Terry White network, are now administering Astra Zeneca vaccines and are ready to vaccinate with Moderna and Pfizer as soon as stock is available, expected by mid-September.

Since Wednesday, August 11, positive COVID cases, predominantly in the northern suburbs, have shot up to 35 since lockdown – 14 in the past week and 12 the previous week – and most linked to the Lake Munmorah Public School cluster.

Rising levels of the COVID-19 virus have been detected at the Charmhaven Sewage Treatment Plant which health authorities say indicates undetected active cases of the virus in the northern community.

The latest sample was taken on Tuesday, August 10.

The Charmhaven plant serves an area of about 59,000 people in suburbs including Blue Haven, Charmhaven, Doyalson, Gorokan, Hamlyn Terrace, Kanwal, Lake Haven, San Remo, Wadalba, Warnervale and Wyong.

Central Coast Local Health District urges anyone living or working in those areas to be tested immediately as high rates of testing are critical to detecting transmission and prevent further spread of COVID in the community.

New exposure sites are:

Gwandalan Skatepark in Kanangara Dr on Saturday, August 7, from 3pm to 4pm;

Woolworth Lake Munmorah shopping centre in Tall Timbers Rd on Saturday, August 7, 12pm to 12:40pm, Thursday August 12 from 2:50pm to 3.30pm*, Friday, August 13, 8:40pm to 9:15am*;

Lucky 7 Munmorah Mini Mart, 93 Anita Ave, Lake Munmorah on Friday, August 13 from 1am to 1:30am*;

Chain Valley Bay Liquor, 35 Lloyd Ave, on Thursday, August 12 from 3pm to 3:50pm*;

Bunnings Lake Haven, cnr Chelmsford Rd and Pacific Hwy, Charmhaven on Thursday, August 12 between 8:50am to 9:15am*;

Sydney Tools Tuggerah at 20-124 Pacific Highway on Sunday, August 1 between 11:10am to 11:40am;

Ampol service station at 100 Chittaway Rd, Chittaway between 5:30am to 5:45am all of the following days: Tuesday August 3, Thursday August 5, Friday August 6, Monday August 9, Tuesday August 10;

Coles, cnr Chittaway and Wyong Rds, Chittaway Point on Tuesday, August 3 between 4:40pm and 5pm and Sunday, August 8 between 3pm and 3:25pm;

Bunnings, cnr Bryant Dr and Wyong Rd, Tuggerah on Sunday, August 1 between 11:35am to 11:50am and Tuesday, August 3 from 4:20pm to 4:40pm;

Woolworths at Bateau Bay Square shopping centre on Saturday, August 7 between 1:40pm and 2pm;

Coles at Deepwater Plaza, Woy Woy on Monday, August 9 from 8:30am to 9am;

Lana’s Café, 256 Lakedge Ave, Berkeley Vale on Sunday, August 1 from 7:20am to 7:30am and Saturday, August 7 from 8:05am to 8:15am;

Chittaway Bay shopping centre on Chittaway Rd on Monday, August 2 between 4:45pm to 5:30pm and Wednesday, August 4 from 4:35pm to 5:15pm;

Liquor Stax Berkeley Vale Cellars on Lakedge Ave on Friday, August 6 between 5:35pm and 5:40pm;

Petbarn Tuggerah on Anzac Rd between 10:15am and 10:30am on Saturday, August 7;

Bateau Bay Square shopping centre on Bay Village Rd on Saturday, August 7 from 1:30pm to 2pm;

BelSorriso Italian Restaurant at 254 Lakedge Ave, Berkeley Vale on Wednesday, August 4 between 6pm and 6:15pm and Monday, August 9 from 5:50pm and 6:05pm*;

Brown Sugar Bakery at 15 Forresters Beach Rd, Forresters Beach on Sunday, August 1 between 8:25am to 8:30am;

Gosford Hospital’s Emergency Department entry doors and foyer area on Thursday, August 5 between 5:50pm and 6:15pm.

The Emergency Department and its waiting area is not an exposure site nor any other locations in the hospital.

Woolworths, Peninsula Plaza Woy Woy at 63 Blackwall Rd on Sunday, August 8 between 1:10pm and 1:55pm;

Deepwater Plaza in Railway St, Woy Woy on Wednesday, August 11 from 11.40am to 12:20pm*;

If the day and time you visited is marked with an asterisk*, you must get another test five days after you visited, wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative results.

Sue Murray