NSW's health minister is urging older Australians to get vaccinated, saying they are far more likely to die of COVID-19 if infected than from getting the AstraZeneca vaccine.
"I want to remind people that if you're over 60 and if you get COVID, you have a one-in-200 chance of dying," Brad Hazzard said on Wednesday.
"If you're over 50, you have a one-in-500 chance of dying if you got the COVID virus."
He says it's "far more effective" to avoid those risks by getting vaccinated, with NSW having a plentiful supply of AstraZeneca.
"If you have the vaccine, you have a one-in-two million chance of actually dying, so the odds are with you," Mr Hazzard said, referring to rare blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
"A bet on TAB and you'd be doing far better if you'd had the vaccine."
Mr Hazzard blamed the slow rollout on supply issues and said it was wrong to accept that the federal government had supplied additional AstraZeneca vaccines and they were in fact advance doses.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW was "up and running and ready to get jabs into arms" but needed more doses of the Pfizer vaccines in particular.
"We have around the capacity just NSW alone to do at least 3000 jabs a week, but we don't have that many Pfizer vaccines to meet that demand," she said.
"AstraZeneca is around. If you're over 60, get AstraZeneca."
In the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, NSW recorded 110 new local infections and at least 60 of those people were circulating in the community for part or all of their infectious period.
Australian Associated Press