A second COVID-19 vaccination hub will open in NSW at an old Bunnings Warehouse site on the north coast.

The centre, at Belmont in Lake Macquarie, is expected to be ready to administer up to 20,000 jabs a week from mid-July.

The hub is the second for NSW, which already has a centre at Homebush in Sydney’s west delivering up to 5000 injections a day.

“We are planning to replicate that model in the Hunter region, so we can quickly and safely vaccinate as many people as possible across NSW,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Lake Macquarie centre will employ up to 100 nurses, 25 pharmacists or pharmacy technicians plus around 200 other support staff.

About 150 people will be hard at work converting the former Bunnings site over the next six weeks ahead of its opening to residents in the region.

The centre will administer both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, with bookings required.



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