People aged 40 to 49 could be given a Pfizer covid vaccine in the next few weeks in NSW.
The surprise news was delivered today by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who explained why the under-50 demographic could suddenly have early access to the jab.
Ms Berejiklian said if there was any “under-usage” of coronavirus vaccines from groups currently being vaccinated, that people aged 40 to 49 could sign up.
“We’re very excited about asking people from 40 to 49 who are interested in getting the Pfizer vaccine to show their interest,” she said.
She said “we can’t tell you exactly when” that group could get their first jabs but foreshadowed it could begin “in the coming weeks”.
Ms Berejiklian did not give further details about the sign up process except to say expressions of interest would be available from 5pm today.
She made the comments while addressing media as the state opened its first mass vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park.
“The key thing … is to make sure we use every dose that’s available soon as we can,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Large groups of elderly and essential workers and other priority demographics have already been vaccinated in NSW, the premier said.
Healthcare staff are part of phase 1b of the vaccine rollout at the Olympic Park hub.
“We’re keen to finish them and start on the general public,” she said.
NSW Health officials estimated they would complete thousands of vaccinations in the first week of operation at the hub.
9News.com.au has contacted NSW Health for comment.