Differences in admission can be attributed in part to prioritization by age group, Professor Leask said, with younger people living in areas with lower coverage, and access is determined by how “connected you are with advice and information on when and how to get a vaccine. “
According to federal government data released Friday afternoon, NSW reached 70.32 double coverage of the population aged 16 and over, and 89.41 percent have received a first dose.
On Friday, NSW’s head of health, Dr Kerry Chant, said she was convinced NSW could reach the “ambitious target” of just over 90 per cent vaccination.
But pockets with lower vaccination rates are concerned because of outbreak risk, Professor Leask said.
“Whether it’s a locality, households or institutions, these communities face a greater disease burden, while the rest of us enjoy protection.”
Some suburbs with low rates, including Chippendale, Ultimo and Kingsford, surround the city’s largest universities – a trend that can also be partly explained by population changes, as NSW uses ABS Estimated Resident Population 2019 to calculate its postcode vaccination rates.
NSW reported 646 new local coronavirus cases on Friday and eleven deaths, bringing a week of daily declining numbers to an end.
The small increase in infections comes as NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said investigations have uncovered a new Delta strain, with eight new COVID-19 cases identified with a different genome sequence than the current variant circulating in Sydney.
Dr Chant said there was no indication that the new strain “shows any differences in terms of transmission or vaccine efficacy or severity”.
“We have had a program throughout this response to the genome sequencing pandemic … and these studies have identified eight cases of this particular Delta strain, seven people in a household within a further case,” said Dr. Chant.
The Hunter New England region recorded 97 cases – the highest daily case number for this area, which included new infections in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Tamworth and Maitland.
An increase in regional infections is coming as vaccination rates across the state remain uneven. Byron Bay and Mullumbimby have second-dose coverage below 40 percent.
As cases rise in regional areas, NSW Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole dismissed any speculation that day trips from Sydney to regional areas will be allowed when the state reopens begin on Monday.
Under the roadmap, holiday travel between Greater Sydney and regional local government areas is only allowed on the Monday after the state reaches 80 percent full vaccination. This target is expected to be reached later in October.
It is allowed to travel between regional local authority areas, including for vacations for fully vaccinated people, Toole said.
More than 10.7 million vaccines have been administered in NSW’s mass vaccination centers, general practitioners and pharmacies.
On Friday, 856 patients were treated for COVID-19 at NSW hospitals, with 170 at the ICU. 75 ICU patients required ventilation.
Of those who died, two were in their 50s, one in their 60s, four in their 70s and four in their 80s. Seven were not vaccinated, three had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one had received two doses.
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