92.5 per cent of Penrith residents aged 15 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, latest Federal Government figures reveal.
76.8 per cent of Penrith locals are double dosed.
The figures for both areas are among the best in the country.
When broken down further, the figures show Penrith has a first dose rate of 94 per cent and St Marys 92 per cent.
The figures come as new cases in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District continue to decline.
There were 23 new cases in the health district to 8pm last night.
Meanwhile, many vaccinated locals have spent the day enjoying the end of lockdown – whether it be going to the hairdresser, pub or reuniting with loved ones.
“Our community is out and about celebrating the end of lockdown, and there’s no better way than by supporting our local small businesses,” Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh said.
“They have been so resilient throughout the challenges of the pandemic, and thanks to the hard work of our whole community staying safe and getting vaccinated, customers are coming back through the doors and bringing life back to our economy.
“I’m delighted that people are now able to see their family and friends, and bring some normality back into their lives, after staying apart to protect our community during what has been such a difficult time.”
Ms McIntosh also welcomed indoor pools re-opening today, after a campaign to fast-track kids back into swimming lessons.
“The decision to bring forward the re-opening of indoor pools to the 70 per cent vaccinated threshold is an important breakthrough, after swim schools were originally held back to December,” Ms McIntosh said.
“It was wonderful to visit local swim schools back open today and see kids back in the water, learning the skills that could save their life, staying active and having fun!”
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.