• Tony Bosworth


Some 80% of NSW adults have now had their first dose of the COVID vaccination, but less than half the population have reached the second dose - that is at 47.5% full double dose - but the Premier said it looked possible we would reach 70% double doses before mid-October, when some restrictions could be lifted.

And if you choose not to get vaccinated, you are not likely to get too many of the freedoms those with two jabs will get, said the Premier this morning.

"There is no doubt as to what we said when we announced the road map. At 70%, if you’re not vaccinated, it will be a health order and the law that if you’re not vaccinated, you can’t attend venues on the road map. You can’t go into a hospitality venue. You can’t go to ticketed events unless you are vaccinated. We made that very clear for 70% double dose," she said

Sadly there were 12 deaths due to COVID - none in the Hawkesbury - in the last 24 hours, the deadliest day yet during this COVID outbreak.

Hawkesbury cases rose 4 in the last 24 hours, according to initial figures form NSW but we know they can sometimes tick upward before the detailed numbers come out later this afternoon so we'll update then.

A big call again today to get vaccinated, with Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant saying there are 234 people in ICU and 185 of those had no vaccinations.

"In terms of the overall pattern of the disease we’re seeing some stabilisation in the local government areas of concern and some downturn in some of the local government areas," said Dr Chant this morning.

"We need to continue to adhere to the public health orders. We need to stay with it. We have to make sure that we drive home the declines we’re seeing so that we get to the lowest hospital level of transmission of Covid.

I urge you to be one of the most highly vaccinated populations in the state. Yes, you’ve achieved 80% in some of your local government areas. Yes, you’ve achieved 90% in some. I’m challenging you to push even further," she said.

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