UPDATE: The NSW Rural Fire Service has now officially introduced mandatory vaccination for volunteer members.
The Public Service Association is questioning the Rural Fire Service about why a decision hasn't been made yet about covid vaccinations for volunteer firefighters.
All paid RFS staff have had to abide by a mandatory vaccine ruling.
The Rural Fire Service is the only remaining emergency service that hasn't mandated vaccinations for its volunteers.
PSA assistant secretary Troy Wright said the same rule should apply to everyone.
"Staff and volunteers obviously interact closely,
"Not just in times of emergency, but also with training and recruitment,"Mr. Wright said.
Image: NSW RFS/Flickr
Covid19 cases remain steady across the Wingecarribee.
There has not been a positive case since November 4.
There have been 119 cases since the current outbreak started.
According to the NSW Health website there are currently two active cases in the shire.
Across the state and hospitalisations due to Covid-19 have fallen slightly, as the state records 212 new cases.
There are 210 people with the virus in hospital, 32 of them in intensive care.
Two people have died.
A person from the Southern Highlands is among 38 COVID-related deaths across NSW during the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday.
The people who died with COVID included 22 men and 16 women.
Two were in their 50s, four were in their 60s, nine were in their 70s, 13 were in their 80s and 10 were in their 90s.
Nine were not vaccinated.
The number of cases in the Wingecarribee from PCR tests continues to fall.
As of eight o'clock last night there were 429 active cases.
That's down from 463 the previous day.
We're being told a spike in covid cases is inevitable given the relaxing of restrictions and the Christmas party season.
Since the start of the month there have been 11 new cases in the Wingecarribee Shire.
Chairman of the Southern Highlands Division of General Practice Dr. Vince Roche said it's important people start getting their booster shots.
"I might sound like a cracked record, but get those boosters into your arms as soon as you can,
"Remember that the doctors and the chemists have to have a few days off over Christmas,"Dr. Roche said.
NSW has recorded its highest daily Covid total in three months, with 1360 new infections detected in 24-hours.
166 people are in hospital with the virus, down slightly for a second day in a row.
Image: Southern Medical Centre
Shoalhaven Chemists have joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic after receiving State and Federal Government approvals.
Nine pharmacies have begun or are about to start administering the AstraZeneca vaccine.
- Atli Country Pharmacy
- Blooms the Chemist Junction Street
- Blooms the Chemist Nowra Mall
- Blooms the Chemist Kiama
- Capital Chemist Huskisson
- Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse
- Kiama Pharmacy
- North Nowra Pharmacy
- Ramsay Pharmacy
Contact the pharmacy to organise an appointment.