“I can’t wait, it’s our path out,” said Petersham resident Alison Macdonald, 54, as she joined the queue.
Mr Allen, 42, was buoyed by the fact he and his partner, who gets his first vaccine in two weeks, would soon be better protected from the virus, and by the hope it would speed up a return to international travel.
“We’ve found it challenging. My dad has Parkinson’s disease in the UK and he had a stroke last year. I couldn’t go and see him, and I’m an only child.
“I used to go back to the UK three times a year. This is the longest it’s been between visits. Emotionally it’s been really straining.”
Mr Allen said he had initially struggled to secure a booking to get the vaccine but had made his appointment for the city hub about three weeks ago.
“The NSW Health website was really good, it was the availability that was the problem. Yesterday watching the news I saw one million doses of Pfizer had arrived in Australia and I said, that’ll be me tomorrow morning.”
Willoughby resident Mitch O’Donnell, 23, joined the fast-moving queue after 9am. He is eligible to receive his vaccine because his father is a healthcare worker.
“I’m excited, I just want to be vaccinated and get it over and done with.
“If you’re fully vaccinated you still have to lock down so it won’t change much, but I’d just rather be vaccinated and do it for the community,” he said.
Adam Cassidy, 40, of Randwick, said he was “feeling great” about his first vaccine.
“I’m from the UK and yesterday they had 40,000 cases and they’re opening up. I just think people need to get vaccinated.”
Others leaving the clinic said the process was quick, a large screen in the vaccination room showed calming aquarium scenes as they received their injection, and they were offered free bottled water.
Legal secretary Jocelyn Choi, 41, has booked to receive her first Pfizer dose on Tuesday.
“I live in Surry Hills and work in Clarence Street. So the city hub is really close to me and much more convenient than Olympic Park, where I’ve heard there is a bit of a line.”
She had previously tried to book her vaccination at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown but the booking system would only allow her to book one appointment for her first dose in August but not her second.
“I kept trying to log in and get a second dose appointment but it wouldn’t let me. The city is just much easier and I don’t need to travel.”
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