‘Gallop to the finish line’ NSW to hit 80 per cent vaccination target earlier than expected

More than 84 per cent of NSW residents have had at least one vaccination, with expectations the state will reach its vaccination milestones ahead of schedule.

The state is now on track to reach 80 per cent fully vaccinated only 14 days after the 70 per cent target is hit in early-October.

“I am always wary of using terms like ‘freedom day’ because when we start to open up it must be step-by-step,” said Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

“It must be done cautiously and we must remember that even though people may be fully vaccinated, if you are vulnerable and have other conditions you can still succumb and get the disease in a serious way, or worse.

“So while we are all looking forward, [it’s] almost a gallop to the finish line in terms of the double dose, we need to make sure that what we do at 70 and 80 per cent is done cautiously and also moderately.”

There are high hopes that once the 80 per cent target is reached the state will also open up to international travel.

“Once we get to that 80 per cent double dose, I would welcome having thousands and thousands of Australians come through Sydney Airport,” Berejiklian said.