NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole has announced a grace period for regional workers to get their second dose of vaccine, saying they can return to work next week if they have had one dose.

“Regional workers will be able to return to work if they’ve had one dose of vaccination,” Mr Toole said.

However, he said they will need to receive their second dose by November 1, with this change being made due to difficulties in getting vaccines to regional areas.

Mr Toole said this will include regional areas outside of the Blue Mountains area, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong.

“This is important because what we are focused on is keeping our communities safe but also opening up New South Wales,” he said.

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