NSW will bring forward coronavirus vaccinations for people in the next phase of the national rollout, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

There are two coronavirus vaccines approved for use in Australia: the Pfizer vaccine, which is being administered to priority groups, and the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is expected to be used for the majority of the population.
NSW has administered 14,600 Pfizer vaccines to frontline workers in phase 1a through its hospital vaccination hubs. The state is expected to hit 15,000 vaccinations by the end of Wednesday. About 4200 of the states 6500 quarantine workers have been vaccinated.
On Tuesday, federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said a state had raised the possibility of bringing forward phase 1b of the rollout, adding the federal government was willing to work with that state on the proposal. Mr Hunt did not say which state.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said, although it was initially expected phase 1a and 1b would be completed using doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the AstraZeneca vaccine will be used to assist us in these early groups.
Initially, the federal government was making decisions around the Pfizer vaccine as the primary vaccine; that was the one they were fairly certain of getting, Mr Hazzard said.
I must say, as Health Minister, my view is that we should be doing everything possible to roll out what now appears to be available in vast quantities, and that is AstraZeneca.
Priority in phase 1b will be given to healthcare workers not included in phase 1a, NSWs Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said, as well as the vaccination of families of quarantine workers and airline crew.
NSW in the dark on aged care numbers
Ms Berejiklian and Mr Hazzard both expressed concern about the transparency of information available from the federal government about the rollout.
While NSW is administering vaccines to frontline workers in phase 1a through its hospital vaccination hubs, aged care staff and residents included in this stage are being vaccinated by the federal government.
The Premier and Health Minister said they first learnt the federal government had decided to use ADF personnel to administer vaccinations in the aged care sector in media reports on Tuesday.
It would be really helpful if we were now given a letter of confirmation of what was apparently given to the media yesterday, and a plan and schedule to understand exactly how the IDF are going to work in NSW, Mr Hazzard said.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, with Health Minister, Brad Hazzard and Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello, speak about the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in NSW today.Credit:Janie Barrett
The Premier said she would be raising the availability of information at national cabinet on Friday.
Were one team, as far as Im concerned, but to be one team we need to make sure were sharing information when its available with each other, she said.
She added that the lack of information around the vaccination of aged care staff and residents was making it difficult for her state to plan its rollout.
We dont want to see vials of doses sitting there without being distributed, she said.
Mr Hazzard said he understood the companies contracted by the federal government to administer vaccines in aged care were only vaccinating residents, not staff as plans for the rollout indicated.
Weekly vaccination data released on Monday night showed NSW out-performed other large states in rolling out the vaccine.
The state completed 10,339 vaccinations in the first week, representing 74 per cent of doses allocated. By comparison, Victoria completed 3862 of its 12,870 allocated doses (30 per cent) and Queensland completed 2030 of its 9360 allocated doses (22 per cent).
NSW recorded no new local coronavirus cases for the 45th consecutive day on Wednesday.
There were six cases recorded in hotel quarantine, and 17,047 tests recorded during the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.
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