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October 11 is firming as the date people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in NSW will come out of lockdown, although Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she is reluctant to use the phrase "freedom day".

Key points:
  • Almost 85 per cent of adults in NSW have received a first vaccine
  • There is concern about an increase in cases in the Illawarra with 103 new infections
  • The Premier says she wants Sydney Airport to become the "gateway to the nation" once vaccination targets are met

NSW recorded 1,043 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.

Across NSW, 84.1 per cent of adults have now had a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 56.6 per cent have had both doses.

A third of 12-15 year olds in the state have received one dose.

Ms Berejiklian said communities in Western and south-western Sydney had done an "unbelievable job" in getting vaccinated.

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"We saw vaccination rates go through the roof and in every local government area (LGA) of concern we have had at least 80 per cent of first doses," she said.

"In some communities, Blacktown and Campbelltown, we have had over 90 per cent and in Camden we have had over 95 per cent first dose and in Holsworthy, the Liverpool area, we have seen vaccination rates around 85 per cent first dose."

The Premier said there were now only seven LGAs that had not reached the 70 per cent vaccination rate.

An ABC analysis predicts NSW is on track to have 70 per cent of its population aged 16 or older double dosed on October 6, meaning fully immunised citizens will be given extra freedoms, like visiting hospitality venues or hairdressers, from Monday, October 11.

The ABC analysis shows the state will have 80 per cent of its citizens aged 16 or older fully immunised on October 16.


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