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The Informer: Plan to get COVID vaccines to regional NSW communities

Plan to get COVID vaccines to regional communities

Pharmacists in NSW could soon be delivering coronavirus vaccines to people living in the state's remote communities.

An announcement about the move was expected soon, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealing the government was working with the Pharmacy Guild to develop a plan to improve access to the jab in the regions.

"Our particular focus is on those communities that don't have GPs, don't have NSW Health, those communities that are more remote," she said.

"They will be our first pilot."

The Murugappan family will be reunited in Perth after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decided to allow them to leave detention on Christmas Island, where they'd been for almost three years.

But a decision is yet to be made on whether any of the family members will be able to reapply for a visa so they can stay in Australia.

"Today's decision does not create a pathway to a visa," Mr Hawke said.

"As required by court orders, I will consider at a future date whether to lift the statutory bar presently preventing members of the family from reapplying for temporary protection, for which they have been previously rejected."

Before being taken to immigration detention, the family had been living in Biloela, Queensland.

Two more residents living in a Melbourne townhouse complex have tested positive for COVID-19.

Targeted testing of the residents in the Southbank complex has been underway since health authorities found a link between an Arcare Maidstone employee who lives in the complex and another resident who tested positive for coronavirus.

The two cases were among more than 200 residents tested on Monday.

The Kings Park Apartment Complex has been listed as a Tier 1 exposure site from June 2 to June 14.

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