NSW likely reached 70% vaccination target today

By Michael Parris

NSW has likely reached its 70 per cent double-dose adult vaccination target.

Federal government data issued on Wednesday afternoon showed that 69.12 per cent of people aged 16 and over in NSW had received two doses by Tuesday, 1.45 percentage points higher than the day before.

At that rate, the state passed 70 per cent at lunchtime on Wednesday, signalling the likely staged reopening of social and business activity from Monday.

"Pop the champers," the government's Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Taylor Martin, said when informed of the latest vaccination data.

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Vaccination rates slowed to a crawl over the long weekend, rising less than one percentage point in three days, but surged back to life on Tuesday.

The state's single-dose vaccination rate rose to 89.01 per cent on Tuesday, 0.44 points higher than the day before.

The fully vaccinated will be able to access pubs, cafes, gyms, salons and non-essential shops and have up to five visitors to their homes from Monday.

Hunter residents will also be able to travel freely throughout regional NSW.

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