Windsor patient Jane Malysiak receives Australia's first COVID-19 vaccine

Jane Malysiak receives the first COVID-19 vaccine administered in Australia. Picture: ABC News
Jane Malysiak receives the first COVID-19 vaccine administered in Australia. Picture: ABC News

While she may not hail from the Hawkesbury, Australia's first COVID vaccine recipient Jane Malysiak, has a strong connection to the area.

Mrs Malysiak, 84, from Marayong, was administered the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine just after 11am on Sunday, February 21, at Castle Hill Medical Centre.

By her side was Prime Minsiter Scott Morrison, who received the shot soon after, as did Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and Chief Nursing Officer Alison McMillan and other healthcare workers.

Macquarie MP Susan Templeman applauded Mrs Malysiak, who is a well-known patient of MyHealth in Kable Street, Windsor.

"I watched Mrs Malysiak being interviewed on television this morning and she is a wonderful advocate. She will provide real reassurance to older people in our community about getting the vaccine," she said.

"We do want to see the most vulnerable people getting the vaccine, and Mrs Malysiak really is a wonderful example to lead the way.

"It's also really encouraging to see our local health professionals encouraging vaccination alongside the continued operation of our local GP respiratory clinic."

The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine rollout officially started this morning to those classed as "priority populations", these include people aged 70 and older, those with compromised immume systems, Indigenous Australians aged over 55 and emergency service workers.