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RFNSW hails priority vaccination access for NSW freight workers


Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has welcomed the announcement that Australia has secured an additional million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and that NSW freight and transport workers in Covid areas of concern will be given priority access to vaccinations over the next week.

Half of the vaccines will be sent to NSW and used to vaccinate people aged 16-39 in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern.

From Monday August 16 to Sunday August 22, freight and transport workers and other export supply chain operators from Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Paramatta LGAs and the suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys, will be able to book a priority appointment to get vaccinated at a number of clinics.

RFNSW CEO Simon O’Hara described it as a win for RFNSW members and other transport staff working across critical supply chains throughout the latest Covid outbreak.

Read how RFNSW and BAMS linked on Covid vaccination, here

“This vindicates RFNSW’s long-running campaign for essential freight and transport staff to be given priority access to vaccinations and we commend the NSW Government for listening and acting on our concerns,” O’Hara said.

“RFNSW has maintained that it’s crucial that our truckies are given the best possible protection, if they are expected to be working on the frontline throughout the pandemic, whilst the wider community is in lockdown.

“Giving truckies this immediate access to vaccines in these Covid hotspots makes sense and will ensure freight keeps moving and there aren’t any disruptions to our supply chains during these difficult times.”


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