A 90-year-old man from southwestern Sydney has died after receiving COVID-19 in a Liverpool nursing home.
It comes as the state recorded 207 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with 51 infectious diseases in the community.
NSW Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant said the man received a single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine in April – but did not receive a second dose.
“This brings up another point,” he said. “Two doses of vaccine are very effective.
“Even one can protect you, so there’s a chance to bring your second AstraZeneca dose to pay for that protection.”
Recent advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) urges people living in areas where COVID-19 is rampant to speed up their second shot.
People in areas where the outbreak occurs can receive a second dose of AstraZeneca four to eight weeks after the first dose, rather than the usual 12 weeks.
The Sydney West Midwest Care Center has been monitored after 18 patients and two staff members were tested with COVID-19.
Patients with good COVID have been transferred to the hospital and some residents have been removed from the facility as a precautionary measure.
A woman working at Wyoming Nursing Hill in Summer Hill was tested with different types of Delta on July 27.
The worker, who received his first vaccine, is believed to have contracted the virus in the community.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Dr. Chant confirmed that 83 percent of patients and 75 percent of staff at the center had been vaccinated.
“What we are seeing is, sadly, several transfers in the workplace, some 30 employees in other workplaces are not infected.
“It’s important that people do not work while they have symptoms but you can also take practical action to choose a vaccine, which will protect you, your loved ones, and co-workers.”