NSW hits 7 million shots, 70 per cent first dose coverage

Nearly 100,000 people aged 70 and over in NSW are yet to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the state’s rapid increase in uptake largely being driven by under 40s.

NSW administered its seven millionth COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday. Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed on Thursday 70 per cent of residents aged 16 and over had now received one dose of the vaccine.

The seven-million milestone came nine days after the state recorded six million shots, earning fully vaccinated residents additional outdoor gathering freedoms starting later this month.

The Premier has flagged a significant easing of restrictions once 70 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

Over the past month, first dose vaccination coverage among younger age groups has more than tripled.

Teenagers aged 16 to 19 saw the largest increase, as tens of thousands became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine for the first time through a number of targeted programs for students, authorised workers and residents in south-west and western Sydney. On August 30, 37.3 per cent of the age group had received a first dose.

However, substantial increases were also seen in people aged 20 to 39. Close to half of people in their 20s and approaching 60 per cent of people in their 30s have now received one vaccine dose, compared to fewer than 20 per cent at the end of July.

As would be expected, given they have been eligible since March, people aged 70 and over had the smallest uptake of first doses over August, although a significant number remain unvaccinated.

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