Australia Covid update live: NSW hits first dose vaccination milestone; western Sydney curfew lifted; Victoria records 423 cases, two deaths


Deadliest day for NSW as state records twelve deaths and 1,259 cases; Berejiklian government will ‘seek legal advice’ over venues refusing entry to unvaccinated people; 149 of Victoria’s new cases currently linked to known outbreaks; no new cases in Qld – follow updates live

2.53am BST

Now, as we know, from this weekend Queensland has opened up Pfizer vaccines for the over 60 cohorts (despite AstraZeneca not being recommended to younger people).

The NSW chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, says that NSW is not considering this at the present time.

The vaccination coverage and a lot of those cohorts for the first dose is actually quite good. There is a bit of room to move. In terms of first dose. There is a second dose to push up to get a 95% universally in those age cohorts.

At the moment, we still don’t have totally unconstrained Pfizer access and we are prioritising groups that haven’t had vaccination at the moment while encouraging all old age groups to take the available vaccines.

2.49am BST

Speaking of the possibility of regional towns locking down:

Reporter:

There have been reports of two cases in Albury. Can you confirm the community will go into lockdown tonight?

I can’t confirm that. As Doctor Chant said, [NSW] Health collates advice and gives us their advice. It’s up to Health to tell government what to do in relation to those matters.

What’s the tipping point for lockdown?

I’ve just heard that from you. I have to hear it from Health, with all due respect.

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