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Central Coast HSC students
enduring an added fight
As the lockdown is extended further, Central Coast Labor MP’s are calling on the Berejiklian Government to introduce a Central Coast Mass Vaccination Hub, with access to Pfizer in our region to ease the stress for teachers and students.
13 September 2021
AS the Central Coast continues to stay in lockdown, under the NSW Government’s return to school plan, schools across the Coast will begin a staggered return to face-to-face learning from October, HSC exams will be delayed until 9 November and vaccinations for school staff will be mandatory from 8 November.
HSC students throughout NSW are already experiencing immense hardship, with mental health issues only rising in their age groups and younger students from the impact of lockdowns.
Central Coast students and teachers also have the added stress of locating a Pfizer vaccine to protect themselves against COVID-19, with bookings for Pfizer difficult across the region.
As cases on the Central Coast continue on their upward trajectory vaccination rates in the region have slumped from 7th to 15th in NSW, the result thought to be linked to poor vaccine availability.
Yasmin Catley, Member for Swansea said “Central Coast residents have been crying out for a mass vaccination hub to boost the region's access to Pfizer but these calls have been ignored by the Berejiklian Government.”
“This has meant many young people have been unable to access the vaccine, only adding further stress to those who are studying the HSC at what is already a difficult time. It is time the Premier stepped up and delivered a vaccine hub for the Coast. “
David Harris, Member for Wyong said “With the Government mandating vaccination for our teaching workforce the Government has a responsibility to ensure easy access to vaccines including Pfizer and Moderna for those who have underlying health issues. You cannot make something compulsory unless you provide easy access for staff and students.”
David Mehan, Member for the Entrance said “I’m contacted every day by community members concerned that there are no vaccines for their children to return safely to school.”
“The Central Coast has been let down once again.”
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford said “It is not fair that Central Coast Students and Teachers are being forced to travel to Qudos Stadium, and Sydney GPs to access vaccinations.”
“If you know me then you know I am all about accessibility and that includes accessibility to our lifeline right now – vaccines. The Berejiklian Government has failed to recognise our students need to be vaccinated too.”
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