NSW is reporting 941 new local coronavirus cases and six deaths.
At the same time, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says about 86 per cent of over-15s have had at least one dose of a vaccine with nearly 63 per cent fully vaccinated.
There are 1090 COVID-19 cases in hospital, with 213 people in intensive care 105 of whom require ventilation.
Students will head back to school in NSW one week earlier than originally planned thanks to the state’s rapid vaccine uptake.
The freedoms to be granted from December 1 may also be allowed once 80 per cent of over-15s are fully vaccinated, currently projected to be reached by October 15.
Schools were expected to make a staged return from October 25 but that has now been brought forward to October 18.
“We didn’t realise at that [initial] stage how quickly NSW residents would take up the opportunity to get vaccinated,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian says.
On the extra freedoms at 80 per cent, Berejiklian says there will be “tweaks” and not major changes. She expects to announce what those tweaks might be once the state reachees the 70 per cent double-dosed mark.