Premier Gladys Berejiklian will announce on Thursday or Friday what new freedoms fully vaccinated people will enjoy from September, after NSW reached its August target of six million jabs.
There has been speculation that hair dressers and nail salons may be able to open with restrictions, but nothing has been confirmed at this stage.
There were 753 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night, with 41 from the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.
“Once we get to 70 per cent double dose and 80 per cent double dose we will obviously look forward to living much more freely than we do today,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Our first and foremost priority is to protect human life and to live as freely as possible while we do that.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant urged anyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine to bring forward their second jab after consultation with their GP.
“We need to hold the course. I understand that everyone is fatigued and tired but it is incredibly important that as we increase vaccine coverage we do all we can to prevent further transmission,” Dr Chant said.
“It is so pleasing every day to see those vaccination numbers go up.”
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.