NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard wondered how his state could achieve some of the highest two-dose vaccination levels in the world, but is now lagging behind in use reminders.
Only around 47% of the eligible population over the age of 16 received a booster shot, prompting the state government to launch a new advertising campaign urging people to get a third shot.
“If almost 95% of people get a double dose…what happened to the other 50%?” Mr Hazzard asked the mass vaccination center in Sydney on Sunday.
“We have a lot of people working on it right now trying to establish why people haven’t actually had it.”
Mr Hazzard said he believed people were “tired and exhausted” from the pandemic, but needed a boost.
“One of the big factors is just that people don’t actually know they can have one, people are still locked into old posts that happened many months ago, ie that you have to wait six months,” he said.
People are eligible to receive a COVID booster three months after receiving their second dose.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet implored those who are eligible but have not yet received a COVID-19 booster to visit mass vaccination centers in the state, and said there is no there were almost no queues to get in.