Sydney’s freedom hinges on six million jabs in just a few weeks

Sydney’s pathway out of lockdown is centred on vaccinations, with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying she wanted six million “jabs” across NSW by the end of the month.

The ambitious target would result in half the state’s population receiving either their first or second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination by the end of August.

“We know that 10 million jabs gives us 80 per cent of the adult population vaccinated,” she said.

“By the end of August, I’d like to see New South Wales record six million jabs – that is roughly half the population with at least one or two doses.”

Reaching the 50 per cent target would see a staggered winding back of restrictions, including the opening up of venues under strict social distancing requirements.

“We would never relax completely at a 50 per cent vaccination rate,” Berejiklian said.

“Every milestone we hit gives the government more options but we can’t have those freedoms at 50 per cent.”