The deputy premier of the Australian state of New South Wales will soon “lose their freedoms” as the state reaches its targeted goal of a 70% full vaccination rate next week.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro gave the warning as part of a daily COVID-19 update while detailing the state government’s three-stage plan to lifting certain pandemic-related restrictions last week.
“A further and final message to regional New South Wales … that parts of regional New South Wales that are currently open,” he said, according to Sky News.
The state is home to Sydney, Australia’s most populous city.
“The 70 per cent road map does apply to the whole state so there will be individuals in regional and rural New South Wales who choose not to be vaccinated who will lose their freedoms on 11 October.”
The outlet noted that parts of the state are not currently under stay-at-home orders so residents who are not vaccinated are not currently subject to such restrictions.
However, on October 11, “only the fully vaccinated will emerge from lockdown across the state.”
The deputy premier used the opportunity to urge state residents who have yet to get vaccinated to do so as rates increase across the state, stating that there was “no excuse” not to do so thanks to widespread availability.
“We are seeing vaccination rates climb might across the state including in the regions. I am very proud of that. Thank you to those regional communities,” he said.
“We have a number of walk-in clinics without bookings right across the state, with Moderna coming online and the additional Pfizer supply and AstraZeneca in abundance there is no excuse in rural and regional New South Wales not to get vaccinated,” he added.
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