The ACT is registering 25 new COVID-19 cases as it focuses on vaccination of adolescents

ACT conducted more than 4,000 COVID-19 tests in 24 hours through Friday night.

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The Territory Government is focusing on increasing the vaccination rate among people between the ages of 20 and 24.

This group has the lowest uptake rate for the vaccine in ACT. As of Friday, the first dose for the group is 74 percent.

That compares with 84 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds who received their first plug just over a month after they were eligible.

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith says efforts are being made to target more people in the 20 to 24 age group.

She says it is important to get the message across to young men who do not watch the government’s social media.

“We are working to see how we can better target that age group and look at the gender breakdown to see if it’s young men or young women or both,” she said Friday.

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As ACT enters its final week of lockdown, there is still growing uncertainty for local residents near the border when NSW eases its own COVID restrictions on Monday.

While there are exemptions for travel to some cross-border communities, Stephen-Smith says the ACT is looking at expanding regional travel boundaries.

Tourism activities or day trips are not considered as part of the potential relaxed restrictions, but people who are allowed to visit families are discussed.

ACT’s lockdown is expected to end on October 15.

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