Workers in hotspot local government areas must get a COVID-19 shot by next Monday and will need a permit to leave the area in a change to restrictions.
Originally, workers in hotspot areas were required to have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Monday or undergo rapid antigen testing to leave the LGAs and go to work.
Late last night, New South Wales Health issued a media release confirming rapid antigen testing will no longer be considered an alternative to getting vaccinated.
Workers in hotspots will have until Monday, September 6 to get one dose of the vaccine, which is a one-week extension of the August 30 vaccine deadline.
Workers must also always have a permit on them showing it is necessary for them to leave their LGAs or to enter a LGA of concern for work.
More than 180,000 workers have applied for a permit.