New South Wales is officially halfway to significant freedoms after achieving a major vaccine target overnight.
New South Wales residents have turned a corner in the fight against Covid-19 with 40 per cent of the eligible population now fully vaccinated against the virus.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s update on Sunday was a mixed bag as the premier revealed the peak of the virus was expected within the next week, but also that the state’s vaccine rollout had gathered serious steam.
Now, 2.65 million NSW residents – or 40.3 per cent – are double dosed.
Ms Berejiklian has repeatedly said NSW would experience some easing of restrictions at 70 per cent and significant freedoms at 80 per cent.
“Pleasingly, NSW has now officially reached 40 per cent of our entire population vaccinated,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“That is an incredible milestone to have reached given where we were a few months ago.
“Thank you to everyone who has come forward to get vaccinated. We have 70 per cent of the population with a first dose.
“When we hit 80 per cent first dose, we will be confident we can get 80 per cent double dose. Not many places in the world have done that and I am confident we will.”
There have also been 4.77 million first doses administered, meaning the state’s total dosage is now almost 7.5 million, or 72.7 per cent of the eligible population.
Ms Berejiklian has not revealed what freedoms will be introduced when 70 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated, but said at 80 per cent residents could expect to have their children return to school and eat out at restaurants and pubs.
“October is (also) the month where all of us will feel relief and that we are on the home stretch,” she said.
“Once we get over the peak of number of cases, people will feel more positive … (residents) will turn their minds to preparing children to go to school, people enjoying those things in life we have not been able to do for a long time.
“You will be able to go out and get a meal, go to events.”
Ms Berejiklian also made a bold promise that NSW would “certainly not have a statewide lockdown ever again” once 80 per cent vaccination was reached.
“I know I sound like a broken record, but with good reason because when we get those vaccination rates, life will look better and feel better and we certainly will not have to have a statewide lockdown ever again when we hit the 80 per cent double dose vaccination rates which is what we‘re looking forward to,” she said.
Originally published as NSW hits virus milestone of 40 per cent eligible residents fully vaccinated