NSW hits ‘impressive’ vaccination target as 580 new Covid cases recorded

Almost 90 per cent of NSW residents aged over 16 have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet applauded the state for reaching the new jab milestone.

“Vaccination is incredibly important. We know it keeps people safe, particularly those in vulnerable communities,” Mr Perrottet said.

“To be in a position as we come close to a 90 per cent first-dose vaccination rate is impressive.”

NSW recorded 580 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections on Saturday.

The state is set to see a significant easing of restrictions on Monday.

Mr Perrottet said the 90 per cent first-dose rate would help keep NSW residents safe as the state learns to live with the virus.

“We know that as we open up, case numbers will increase. But what has been key to keeping people safe is our high vaccination rate,” the Premier said.

“We have the highest vaccination rate in the country and importantly we’re coming close on that first-dose mark to 90 per cent.”

PREMIER PRESSERCamera IconNSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the state’s high vaccination rate would help keep people safe once restrictions ease on Monday. NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip Credit: News Corp Australia

After the state hit the 70 per cent double-dose milestone on October 6, guaranteeing the easing of restrictions on October 11, health authorities announced the following would take effect on Monday:

Indoor swimming pools – which were set to remain closed until December 1 – will be open for “rehabilitation, children’s swimming lessons, organised lap swimming and the like”.Home visitations will be doubled to allow 10 visitors – not including kids under 12 – instead of five, and the number of people allowed to attend outdoor gatherings will be increased from 20 to 30.The caps in relation to weddings and funerals will also lift from 50 to 100.

More changes would come into effect once the state hit the 80 per cent double-dose vaccination target.

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