Data released by the federal government on Monday showed that the western and southwestern regions of Sydney have the fastest growing immunization coverage rates in the country.
The regions of New South Wales won nine of the top 12 rankings for statistical domains nationwide.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard called on Greater Sydney to learn from hot spot communities, who were receiving a jab while facing the highest daily case count and living under the strictest lockdowns.
“I think the challenge is now for those who aren’t having such a tough time to go out and do what these workers in South West and West Sydney have been doing,” he said.
Nearly 300,000 injections have been administered at Qudos Bank Arena in Olympic Park as part of the state’s campaign to immunize more than half a million people aged 16 to 39 in sensitive areas.
NSW Assistant Health Secretary Susan Pearce said there were around 200,000 appointments left, calling on disabled workers and child care centers in hot spots to take a priority first dose, which is mandatory by Monday next.
The prime minister said she would make an announcement Thursday or Friday about “the extra thing” fully vaccinated people can do in September and October.
Ms Berejiklian said she would also present plans for the rest of the school year, including whether vaccinations would be mandatory for teachers.
“It’s fair to say that in all the categories of workers that we have encouraged to return to the workplace, we have said that you need to be vaccinated,” she said.
“There is already a call to teachers as well as to all other frontline workers, all other workers who are in contact with people, we are urging to get vaccinated… and when we describe our school plan, towards the end of this week, we can talk about it.
The PM would not be determined whether new freedoms would also apply to people from the 12 LGAs in South West and West Sydney, saying only “these conversations” were going on.
There are 608 cases of COVID-19 admitted to NSW hospital, including 107 people in intensive care. Thirty-four people need ventilation.
Ms Berejiklian said she was comfortable with the state’s hospitalization rate of around five and a half percent, adding that the system was doing well.
Ms Berejiklian added that the state “absolutely” had the capacity to manage the increase in hospitalization rates predicted as part of the Doherty report’s modeling of 80% immunization.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said hitting 80% would give NSW options and choices, but it wouldn’t necessarily remove the burden from all settings.
“We may actually have worn indoor masks for years in some contexts. We may have factors that you are only allowed to go to certain high risk sites if you are vaccinated, ”she said.
“The world is grappling with the way we coexist with COVID. And this virus can throw curve balls at us. “
Dr Chant said she wanted a “strong focus on equity” in the state’s ongoing vaccination campaign, ensuring high rates among all vulnerable groups.
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