Premier Gladys Berejiklian has forecast that changes to current health orders could be made once half of the state’s population had received a jab.
“We know that 10 million jabs gives us 80 per cent of the adult population vaccinated. By the end of August, I’d like to see New South Wales record 6 million jabs because every time we go through a milestone, 6 million jabs is roughly half the population with at least one or two doses,” she said.
“That gives us additional options as to what life looks like on August 29.
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“On the current rate that we’re doing we should be able to get there with the jabs but it’s also important as our health experts tell us to make sure we concentrate those vaccination rates in those eight local government areas of concern, it will slow down the spread, reduce the case numbers.”
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She had previously said the government was looking at revising the health order if 50 or 60 per cent of the population were vaccinated.
At the time of publishing, NSW had administered 3,943,499 doses of covid vaccines. To reach 50 per cent of the vaccination rate NSW would need to have issued 6,571,428.
That means NSW would need to get through more than 100,000 vaccine doses a day between now and August 29.
Ms Berejiklian said on Monday that her government is aiming to increase the amount of vaccinations administered from 500,000 per week to 650,000.
This would mean the 50 per cent target would be hit in about four weeks.