Armidale's walk-in vaccination hub opened an hour earlier than planned on Saturday morning, as hundreds of people got vaccinated against COVID-19.
While doors were due to open at 10am, people had started lining up from 7.30am to get an AstraZeneca jab, and by 9am staff in the clinic were ready to begin so started vaccinating.
Demand has been so high for vaccines in the city that it has already been announced the clinic will be open again next Saturday. And it's possible it could stretch to a third Saturday.
Dubbed 'Super Saturday', the weekend vaccinations at the University of New England's medical clinic were organised so people could get the jab without having to make a booking.
All that was needed was for people to bring their Medicare card.
'Super Saturday' came on the same day it was announced Armidale's lockdown was being extended by a week, following four cases in the city - all from the same household.
Armidale's COVID-19 outbreak started when two positive cases were reported last weekend, and stay at home orders came into force at 5pm on Saturday, August 7.
Director of Public Health in Hunter New England Local Health District, Professor David Durrheim advised the lockdown extension, saying Armidale is likely to see some secondary cases occur, as results continue to come back, from the known positive case, who attended Armidale Secondary College as a student while infectious.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall revealed the advice on Saturday after the lockdown extension was announced.
"When I was advised of the decision, I requested to see the formal advice provided by NSW Health, on which this decision to extend the lockdown was made," Mr Marshall said.
He said Professor Durrheim also wanted to see a minimum of two more sewage samples tested in the next week to establish a trend of results to give confidence that there were no further cases in the region.
Professor Durrheim also advised, that with an incubation period of up to 14 days, it was "too early to fully understand any transmission pathways".
Just hours after the Armidale lockdown was extended, stay-at-home orders were announced for all of regional NSW, following a worsening outbreak in Central West NSW.
"Together we've showed other regions, including Sydney how this is done - adhering to the stay-at-home order, presenting for testing, booking in to get our vaccinations and looking out for one another," he said.
The walk-in vaccination hub was organised in a matter of days last week, after the university offered the use of its clinic for walk-in jabs.
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