Commonwealth COVID-19 hotspot to end in NSW on 17 October 2021

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has confirmed the Commonwealth hotspot declaration in New South Wales will cease at 11:59 pm on 17 October 2021.

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This follows confirmation that the double-dose COVID-19 vaccination rate in NSW has today reached 80%.

Under the National Plan agreed to by all First Ministers, the Commonwealth’s hotspot declaration automatically ceases within a particular state or territory once the 80% fully vaccinated rate has been reached within that jurisdiction, with hotspot-related support to cease two weeks thereafter.

Professor Kelly congratulated the residents of NSW for so wholeheartedly embracing the need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and for the contribution this has made to helping our country safely reopen.

NSW was declared a hotspot for the purpose of receiving Commonwealth support on 14 August 2021.

Information about Commonwealth hotspots is available from the Department of Health hotspots webpage.

Information about the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19 is available on the website.

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