NSW residents living in areas with high vaccination rates and low numbers of COVID-19 cases could soon see some restrictions eased as part of a state government plan to incentivize locals to get the job.
In the past 24 hours, 344 cases of local transmission were recorded, with an additional two deaths as the state’s coronavirus crisis continues to worsen.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian flagged the possibility some residents could live with greater freedoms as early as September.
“What the end of August means is if we have 6 million jabs, it gives us opportunities to think about how we can ease some restrictions that we currently have for people who live in communities with low case numbers but high rates of vaccination,” she said.
“That is why I am calling out to everybody to say, please get vaccinated because there could be opportunities, there will be opportunities in September and October for us to be able to tell the community if you are vaccinated you might be able to do a certain level of activity which you can’t do now, and they’re conversations we are starting to have and they are conversations that will be based on the health advice.
“Low-risk activities, where if people are vaccinated, they can go out and do, and it is important for us to send a strong message that vaccination prevents people from going into hospital, it reduces the spread and it gives us the chance to have people to live a little bit more freely than what they’re living today.”