Premier Gladys Berejiklian has revealed that she thinks Sydney will start looking normal again from the end of November
This is under the assumption that NSW will hit a rough 70% vaccination rate by the end of October, and then 80% at the end of November which is when Sydney can start looking at resuming normality.
The Doherty Institute has created a modelling report which is being used to advise the Australian Government’s National COVID Response Plan, which is the report Gladys has been referencing.
“As per the Doherty Institute report, two doses of 70 per cent vaccination [is the target] and NSW, if we had the current pace, we will hit that around the end of October,” Gladys Berejiklian said.
“[Reaching] 80 per cent towards the end of November. According to the Doherty report, that is when life gets back to normal, that is when we have a different approach to COVID, when freedoms that we had will be in place and we can look forward to having a normal existence.”
But NSW’s short term goal is reaching 6 million jabs by the end of August, and we’re sitting on roughly 4.5 million so far.
“With 6 million jabs by the end of August, if achieved, there will be opportunities for us in parts of the communities where cases are low and vaccination rates are high for them to do more than they do today.”