26 September 2023

Double vaccine to come with benefits

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People across NSW who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are to be allowed more freedoms later this month, after the State hit the target of six million jabs.

Premier, Gladys Berejiklian said that, as of 13 September, fully vaccinated people who lived outside Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern would be allowed to gather outdoors in groups of up to five people and fully vaccinated people who lived in LGAs of concern would be allowed to gather outdoors with others from their household.

Ms Berejiklian said people would still be required to remain within their LGA or five kilometres from home.

“This is the first step in the roadmap and further freedoms will follow for those who have had the jab when the State hits new vaccination targets of 70 and 80 per cent,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We are so grateful for every person who comes forward to get vaccinated because the more jabs we get into arms, the sooner we can lift restrictions,” she said.

“We appreciate the community’s patience in the lead up to 13 September; this additional time will allow the recent surge of vaccines to take effect.”

Ms Berejiklian said that once 70 per cent of people in NSW were fully vaccinated a range of family, industry, community and economic restrictions would be lifted for those who were vaccinated.

The Premier said further easing of restrictions on industry, community and the economy would come into effect once 80 per cent of people were fully vaccinated.

“Government is also investigating trials of certain industries in coming months, as a proof-of-concept measure to prepare the businesses to open up and operate in a COVID-safe way,” she said.

Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard said two doses of the vaccine not only helped to protect people from hospitalisation and death but also reduced transmission.

“Two vaccine doses leads to around a 90 per cent overall reduction in transmission of the virus,” Mr Hazzard said.

Further information on COVID-19 vaccination can be accessed at this PS News link.

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