NSW to hit first opening milestone

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New South Wales is set to hit a major vaccine milestone on Thursday, with daily jab numbers suggesting the state is weeks away from some good news.

    NSW residents could be just weeks away from sinking schooners at the pub and gathering at public events with the milestone of 70 per cent of first Covid-19 vaccine doses expected to be reached on Thursday.

    The state currently sits at 6,977,454 total doses administered, or 69.26 per cent, with 2,484,199 people over the age of 16 , or 37.8 per cent, fully vaccinated.

    With 47,000 jabs given out in the 24 hours leading up to that 6.97 million figure, NSW will eclipse 70 per cent of first doses administered on Thursday

    Gaps between the two doses suggest there are just weeks to go before the state can begin reopening, with modelling predicting the state will hit 70 per cent of fully vaccinated residents (over 16) on October 17.

    However NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has hinted the rapid rate of vaccinations means the state could hit that figure before October 17.

    Those receiving Pfizer must wait at least three weeks between doses, while the AstraZeneca vaccine has a minimum four week gap for areas with high rates of Covid transmission, and a 12-week gap as standard.

    Ms Berejiklian said on Wednesday people could expect to dine out, have a drink at the pub and attend public events once the state reaches 70 per cent double doses.

    She confessed there would likely be density requirements in venues, QR code check-ins which also showed whether a person was vaccinated and mask wearing would remain in certain settings.

    “Whether it is attending a public event or having a drink, if you are fully vaccinated and the state has hit its 70 per cent double dose target, please expect to do all of those things we have been missing for too long,” Ms Berejiklian said on Sunrise on Wednesday.

    “I’m looking forward to that and I want to thank everybody for coming forward to getting vaccinated.”

    While pubs, restaurants and outdoor gatherings are expected to be among the restrictions eased at 70 per cent, it could be a while before indoor gatherings are given a green light.

    Health advice suggests indoor gatherings and home visits are a hotbed for Covid-19 transmission.

    “(We) always take a responsible approach,” she said.

    “We know that indoor gatherings or people coming to your home are high risk.

    “But outside of that, there are many, many things we can’t do now that we should be able to do when we have 70 per cent of the adult population vaccinated.”

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