• Tony Bosworth


Premier Gladys Berejiklian is urging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they can. Speaking this morning from 11am she said some 80,000 vaccinations had been given in the last 24 hours, but said we need to see bigger numbers.

The Hawkesbury is still steady at 6 cases this morning.

We were told at this morning’s media briefing there are two new cases in the Nepean Blue Mountains health district, which Hawkesbury is part of, though at the moment it doesn’t appear they are in our region – we’ll keep an eye on that of course.

Hawkesbury COVID tests - there were an additional 437 COVID tests in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Premier says get vaccinated as quickly as possible and make August the month when we get vaccination numbers up.

“The AstraZeneca is safe,” she said.

"Health authorities have said under the current circumstances any adult, anyone over 18 should come forward to get the vaccine. It doesn’t matter which one you are offered.

“Today is the first of August and I am calling upon the people of greater Sydney, greater New South Wales to come forward and get vaccinated. To get to the 70% target we need 9.2 million jabs. To get the 80% target we need 10 million jabs. We have been talking about this in New South Wales for some time,” she said.

“Pleasingly, in the last 24 hours we had over 82,000 people get vaccinated in one day alone in New South Wales. We want to do more and go fast, so please come forward and get the vaccine.

“One dose itself reduces your chance of spreading the virus but it also keeps you out of hospital. And we know that vaccination is working against this terrible delta strain, we know it is effective, we know it is giving people out of hospital. It is also reducing the chance of people spreading it to every member of their household. Can I please urge everybody to come forward and get vaccinated.

“The consistent message from New South Wales has proven to be the right way forward. Come forward to get vaccinated. Whether there is a target of 70% or 80%, once we hit that target life will be very different,” she said.

Today, there are 222 people in hospital with COVID, 54 of those are in ICU and 25 are on ventilators. Seven are in their 20s. Four people in NSW have died in their homes, leading to calls for people to get tested or call triple zero if they are seriously ill.

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