The premier also mentioned that international travel could be back as early as November.
NSW has reported 1116 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and four deaths. While things continue to look glum in terms of case numbers, NSW is consistently doing incredibly well with its vaccination rates. Yesterday the state hit 67 per cent first dose with the 70 per cent milestone expected on September 3. Given these numbers Premier Gladys Berejiklian has asked everyone to start preparing to open back up. She also hinted that international travel for NSW could return in November.
“September is the month when we’re asking everybody to get ready,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said earlier today.
“Get vaccinated if you’re an individual. If you’re a business, start dusting off your COVID-safety plan. Make sure your employees are vaccinated so we can get back to life at 70 per cent double-dose vaccination.”
She also said that NSW is looking forward to the return of international travel once the 80 per cent double dose target is achieved.
“When we hit the 80% double-dose number, which we anticipate will be in November, NSW looks forward to having our citizens enjoy international travel and NSW looks forward to stepping up and welcoming thousands of Australians home who have been waiting to come home for a long time,” Miss Berejiklian said.
Changes in home quarantine are being worked out.
In the meantime, we all have a role to play. If you have any concerns about the vaccine, call your GP or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.
All Australians aged 16-39 can now access the Pfizer vaccine. Find more information here.
There are also several walk-in vaccination clinics across Sydney that are offering free AstraZeneca vaccinations to anyone aged 18 and above.
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