Sky News: Berejiklian says NSW quarantine staff should be ‘first in line’ for COVID jab


Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on the Prime Minister to give her state’s quarantine workers “first in line” to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, stating NSW had done more than its fair share for the country.

“We’ve shown our capacity to deal with large numbers of Australians coming back home and my ask of the prime minister is, yes, NSW is doing our part; we’ve done more than our fair share, frankly, on behalf of the nation,” she said. “In return, I’d like to see our quarantine workers the first in line to get the jab when it’s available.” Ms Berejiklian criticised calls to move the state’s hotel quarantine system into the regions stating it does not matter where the quarantine system is, “the risk is always there”. “Our quarantine system – which is overseen by the NSW Police – has thousands of workers, whether it’s cleaners, police, hotel staff, other staff and we need to have close proximity to our hospital system given what we’re dealing with,” she said.

“Some of the issues the other states have raised is pretty much because they have faced those challenges NSW have faced for months. The Premier backed Scott Morrison’s clear position it was in Australia’s collective interests to ensure all Australians abroad were repatriated before the nation could examine reopening international travel.

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