NSW ‘slight slowdown in vaccinations’, and 1257 new cases

NSW has reported 1257 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths, after reporting 1262 cases on Sunday and a record 1599 cases on Saturday.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there had been a slight slow down in vaccination rates in NSW and urged people to come forward and be vaccinated.

NSW may give unvaccinated people the same freedoms as the fully vaccinated when 80 per cent of the state’s over-16s have two doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro says the unvaccinated would still have to wait until November, when the state is projected to hit 80 per cent, to access pubs and cafes.

“If they don’t want to do it [get vaccinated] that’s fine,” Barilaro.

“But you might have to wait another three to four weeks after that when we get to 80 per cent and above.

“This is just about giving some people an opportunity, the ones who have gone and got vaccinated, an opportunity to have a level of freedom [at 70 per cent].

“I apologise for that [barring unvaccinated] but it will only be a three to four weeks short inconvenience at this stage.”

Barilaro says this is based on the national road map but the road map doesn’t mention allowing the unvaccinated similar freedoms to the fully inoculated.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was urging people to get vaccinated this weekend unless they wanted to be left behind.

At the same time, Barilaro says he would support MPs being fully vaccinated.

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