Live: NSW Now: Train timetables slashed due to falling passengers, isolating staff


Here's what you need to know this morning.

Some clinics cancel jabs for children The nationwide vaccination program for five to 11-year-olds starts today.(AAP: Joe Castro)

Many doctors in NSW have been forced to cancel vaccination appointments for children because they have not received their supply of Pfizer doses due to delivery issues.

Today marks the start of the national rollout for five to 11-year-olds to receive their first COVID-19 jab.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) said it was important clinics received their vaccines as soon as possible to ensure public confidence in the program.

"We recognise this scenario is frustrating for everyone involved and we do want to see those vaccines hit the fridges of general practices as soon as possible," it said.

NSW AMA chair Michael Bonning called for patience, "especially with receptionists, nurses, GPs, and other healthcare workers in the system". 

Rapid antigen test rollout begins Fifty million RATs are due to arrive by February.(Flickr: Jernej Furman)

The first batch of the state government's rapid antigen tests (RATs) will be rolled out to essential public workers and vulnerable communities this week.

Aboriginal Health Services and refugee and homeless charities will receive their supply today.

Indigenous communities, aged care and disability care residents, refugees and social housing tenants will be prioritised, along with school, health and transport workers. 

The state government has spent $250 million on 50 million RAT kits due to arrive by February, and has ordered another 50 million that will arrive by March. 

Minister for Trade Stuart Ayres said difficulties accessing tests would soon be ironed out.

"Whilst there will be some shortage in supply over the next week or two weeks, we're expecting from the next fortnight onwards there will be additional supply coming into the market," he said.

Weekend schedule for transport services Howard Collins says close to 1,000 NSW train staff are in isolation.(AAP: David Moir)

From today, NSW public transport services will run on a weekend timetable due to staffing impacts from COVID-19. 

There will be fewer buses, trains and light rail services for a number of weeks until further notice. 

Transport for NSW chief operating officer Howard Collins said patronage across the network was down 70 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels. 

"It's about maintaining the continuity of those services and it's dealing with the fact that [with] the impact of COVID-19, like any other business, we're starting to see hundreds of staff off or isolated and also there are less people travelling," he said.

He also said almost 1,000 workers were in isolation after testing positive or becoming close contacts. 

"If you are thinking your train or bus is going to turn up on a Monday to Friday schedule … it's going to be a weekend service so check [the timetable] and allow some more time," he said.

Monday's weather:

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news



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