New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been a vocal supporter of opening Australia’s international borders sooner rather than later, saying the closure costs the state $1.5 billion a month.
To hasten that decision, Berejiklian wants to take more control over its vaccine rollout to speed up the number of jabs being administered.
Currently, less than one million people in NSW have had one jab, with Berejiklian saying another nine million vaccinations need to be administered before the state could welcome international travel again.
“In NSW, we know that we need to do at least around 10 million jabs to get the majority of our population vaccinated,” Berejiklian said.
“We have around 6 million adults and you would think at least 5 million should be vaccinated before we can have those conversations.
“I’d like to see that happen sooner than the middle of next year and that depends on how many doses we get and how quickly we can vaccinate our population.”
The problem for Berejiklian is the Federal Government’s resistance to tie the vaccination rollout to any timeline over borders reopening.