Despite an alarming 633 locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would not abandon plans for a potential easing of certain restrictions for people fully vaccinated in areas with low levels of transmission.
"The higher the vaccination rate gives us opportunities to think about what we can do to support people who are completely vaccinated during the difficult months of September and October," she told reporters on one of the state's darkest days of the pandemic yet.
And the state government has now released a new interactive map where residents are able to track how their suburbs are going in terms of their vaccination rates as anticipation grows some easing could take place in just a matter of weeks.
The map separates NSW by postcode with a cluster of suburbs in Sydney's northwest the standout performers for the capital.
More than 90 per cent of people in Schofields have received their first jab with up to 59 per cent of residents receiving both jabs.
In neighbouring postcode 2765, which includes the suburb of Box Hill, up to 89 per cent of residents have received their first dose, and up to 49 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Sydney's north is largely outperforming the south, with multiple postcodes in the southwest in the 40 to 49 per cent category for one dose and some even in the 30 to 39 per cent category despite the area being at the centre of Sydney's Delta outbreak.
Auburn, one of the suburbs of concern identified by Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, only has up to 39 per cent of its residents vaccinated with one dose.
Performing even worse is Silverwater, with up to 29 per cent of residents receiving one dose despite its proximity to the major vaccine hub in Sydney Olympic Park.
In comparison, Avalon on the Northern Beaches, the epicentre of Sydney's outbreak last Christmas, has up to 79 per cent of people vaccinated with one dose and up to 39 per cent of residents with two doses – well above the state's average.
NSW's South Coast outperforming North Coast
For NSW as a whole, the South Coast is performing much better than the North Coast, with just up to 39 per cent of people in the laidback tourist town of Byron Bay receiving their first dose.
In contrast, postcode 2546 which includes southern coastal towns such as Bermagui and Narooma, has up to 79 per cent of its population with at least one dose.
The standout performers in regional NSW are the suburbs of Cullinga and Wallendbeen northwest of Canberra, which have up to 89 per cent of residents with one jab and up to 49 per cent with two.
NSW has so far administered 5,353,364 doses, with Ms Berejiklian setting the state the target of 6 million jabs by the end of the month.
The past week alone has seen more than 800,000 jabs administered, meaning the state is well on course to reach the target.
Ms Berejiklian says there will be significant easing of restrictions once 70 per cent and 80 per cent of the eligible population is vaccinated.
However she warned on Tuesday surging case rates could restrict the extent of easing.
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