Vaccinated Sydneysiders are another step closer to more freedoms as New South Wales registered 1,116 new cases and four deaths.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has given a glimpse of what life will be like once the 70 percent of the state’s population has received their second Covid-19 shot.
NSW will reach an important milestone on Wednesday by delivering 70 percent of the first doses to eligible residents, after 148,000 residents rolled up their sleeves for the jab the day before.
The prime minister expects to reach that goal by mid-October.
“I would like to remind everyone that September is the month when we ask everyone to prepare,” said Ms Berejiklian.
“If you’re a business, you need to dust off your COVID safety plan.
“Make sure your employees are vaccinated so we can come back to life with a double-dose 70% vaccination, which is expected to take place in mid-October.”
She added that fully vaccinated residents can look forward to international travel when the state reaches the 80 percent double dose target in November.
NSW registered 1,116 new cases and four more deaths on Wednesday
Four women, all of whom had not been vaccinated and had other underlying health problems, also lost their lives.
Two women in their 50s and 70s died in Liverpool Hospital.
A woman in her 80s died at Prince Alfred Hospital, while a woman in her 60s died at Concord Hospital.
Health officials remain concerned about Guildford, Georges Hall, Merrylands, Auburn, Punchbowl, Bankstown, Lakemba, Yagoona and South Granville.
On Tuesday, more than 173,913 residents came forward for testing.
The number of Covid cases in hospital has risen to 917 and 150 are fighting for life in intensive care.
Earlier on Wednesday, the prime minister unveiled a range of liberties once the state hits the 70 percent double dose target.
Fully vaccinated residents can have a drink, attend public events and “anything else they missed.”
“Whether it’s attending a public event, having a drink, if you’re fully vaccinated and the state has hit the 70 percent double dose target, expect to do all those things we’ve been doing for too long.” missed,” said Ms Berejiklian. told Sunrise on Wednesday.
“I’m looking forward to that and I want to thank everyone for coming to get vaccinated.”
Ms Berejiklian has previously said meeting that target would ensure the state achieves its goal of having that percentage of the population fully vaccinated within the next few months.
However, the prime minister warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations “will get worse” before they get better, but promised that “it will look much brighter for the vast majority of the population” once vaccination rates rise.
She said residents can look forward to international travel once 80 percent of eligible state residents have received both doses of a Covid shot.
“I’m really committed to making sure New South Wales residents have access to international travel once we get that 80 percent double dose,” she said.
“Most importantly, I want every Aussie who wants to go back to Australia to come back home for Christmas and if that means coming through Sydney airport you’re more than welcome.”
Ms Berejiklian is urging businesses and families to use the spring to prepare as the state moves closer to the 70 percent vaccination coverage needed to reopen.
Sydneysiders (pictured on Bondi on Tuesday) are in their tenth week of lockdown
Ms Berejiklian said fully vaccinated residents will be able to start drinking once 70 percent of the country’s eligible residents have received both doses. Pictured: A group of friends drinking in Sydney last March
“My urgent message in September will be to prepare,” she said on Tuesday.
‘If you are a company, make sure your employees are vaccinated.
“If you’re a citizen, make sure you, your family, loved ones and friends are vaccinated.
“That’s our ticket to freedom.”
The state recorded 1,164 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Monday, as well as three deaths, bringing the death toll for the NSW outbreak to 96.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is reportedly working with the private sector on an economic recovery plan to boost economic activity when vaccination targets are met.
Meanwhile, NSW local government president Linda Scott and Canterbury Bankstown mayor Khal Asfour will hold a media conference on Wednesday.
They say the prime minister has turned down a request on behalf of mayors in 12 local government COVID-19-affected COVID-19-affected COVID hotspots to meet and discuss the impact of the lockdown.
The government has vowed to restore the freedoms of fully vaccinated individuals with 70 percent coverage of the double dose
A parent advocacy group is urging the federal government to prioritize vaccination for early educators with nearly 1,000 children under nine who tested positive for COVID in NSW in the past week, while 1,700 children under five have COVID-19 nationwide.
Parenting Executive Director Georgie Dent says 176 early childhood education services have now been closed nationally.
“Educators of young children are essential frontline workers. They don’t have the luxury of working from home,” she says.
Meanwhile, the number of returning Australians allowed to fly to Sydney Airport each week will be halved to 750 so that health personnel can be redirected back to the state’s hospital system.
More than 870 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, with 143 in intensive care and nearly 60 on a ventilator.
Pictured is a woman outside the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney’s inner west Camperdown on Tuesday. NSW records 1164 Covid-19 cases and three deaths from the virus on Tuesday
But the toll on the state’s health care system won’t peak until October.
“Right now we have thousands of staff looking after our international arrivals, returning Aussies, even though there are only four cases in hotel quarantine overnight,” Ms Berejiklian said.
‘Of course that has to be adjusted… we prefer our employees to work in our ICUs or give people vaccines.’
Once the state reaches a double dose of 70 percent vaccination – expected around mid-October – the prime minister hopes to quickly scale up international arrivals and consider home quarantine options.
The number of infections in the west of the state also continues to grow, with a record 54 new cases on Tuesday and another four discovered in Wilcannia in the far west.
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Ms Berejiklian said she hopes international and domestic travel restrictions can be eased around December once 80 percent of the eligible population has been vaccinated.
“My absolute goal and dream is to have every Australian home for Christmas, whether it’s Aussies in Australia visiting loved ones, or Aussies abroad coming back home,” she said Tuesday.
Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) has revealed she hopes the travel restrictions, both domestic and abroad, will be lifted by Christmas
In a dig at other prime ministers, Ms Berejiklian said she will try to raise the international arrival limit, which the federal government halved to 3035 in July at the request of some state leaders.
“Once we hit 80 percent double-dose vaccination, NSW will continue what we’ve been doing throughout the pandemic,” she said.
‘[We will] do more than our share of family reunification, take a compassionate approach, accept that we are all Australians and that is our absolute goal.”
Under the national Covid exit plan, freedoms will be restored for fully vaccinated people with 70 percent double dose coverage, a milestone expected to be reached on Nov. 2.
Ms Berejiklian said her dream is to have all the Aussie home by Christmas, with it being predicted that 80 percent of vaccinations will have a double dose of the shot by December. Pictured: Women swim on Bondi beach on Christmas Day 2020
Later that month, when vaccination rates are expected to reach 80 percent, restrictions at state borders will be eased to allow interstate travel for vaccinated Australians.
But Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan have resisted easing their strict border restrictions even as the goals are met as Covid cases in other states remain high.
When asked whether NSW will open up internationally, even if the rest of the country is not ready, Ms Berejiklian said she remained committed to granting freedoms.
“We will follow what’s in the national plan, which every prime minister has joined,” she said.