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NSW vaccination drive as lockdown enters second month

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Half a million NSW residents can be vaccinated against COVID-19 per week based on current rates, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says.

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To secure the state’s “ticket to freedom”, the premier believes August will have to be a record month.

More than 82,000 people in NSW received the jab in the 24 hours to Saturday evening and with lockdown proving “damn hard”, vaccination was the way forward, Berejiklian said.

“One dose itself reduces your chance of spreading the virus but it also keeps you out of hospital,” she said on Sunday.

“We know that vaccination is working against this terrible Delta strain.”

Greater Sydney and surrounding regions are in lockdown until at least August 28.

NSW reported 449 locally acquired cases over the weekend, 239 of them on Sunday, as infections continue to spread across households, around workplaces and into aged care facilities.

Of the latest, 115 are linked to a known case or cluster while 92 are household contacts and 23 are close contacts. The source of infection for 124 cases is under investigation.

Late on Sunday, there were reports that a dozen residents at a nursing home in Sydney’s inner west had tested positive for COVID and been taken to hospital as a precaution.

A staff member at the Hardi aged care home in Summer Hill had tested positive for the virus last week, according to media reports.

There are currently 222 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital in NSW. Of these, 54 people are in intensive care, 25 of whom require ventilation.

-with AAP

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