Mr McGowan reaffirmed his border stance during a media briefing in the Pilbara region on Thursday, where he was asked whether setting a jab target to reopen the borders would encourage vaccine uptake.
“We’ll do that eventually, I don’t want to do it too early,” he said.
“You’ve got to watch what happens in NSW, you’ve got to watch what happens in Victoria as they open up.
“We don’t know how it will go. We need to watch all of that before we set a date.”
Premier Mark McGowan on Thursday said, “Whenever you talk to someone from Victoria or NSW, they wish they had our situation”. Picture: Getty Images
Mr McGowan said he expects his state to fully vaccinate between 80 per cent and 90 per cent of the eligible population in December.
“That’ll allow us to consider setting a date sometime after that,” he said.
“I know it’s hard, I have family in the east, other people have family in NSW and Victoria, it’s hard that you can’t go and see them but it’s really a matter of a few months.
“And if that few months allows us to have a soft landing out of this with these measures in place and high levels of vaccination and the right public safety measures then that’s the right thing to do.”
Mr McGowan then claimed residents on the east coast are envious of the experience in Western Australia.
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“Whenever you talk to someone from Victoria or NSW, they wish they had our situation,” he said.
“People can’t go to restaurants or cafes… They just wish they were in our position.
“I don’t want to give our position away. I don’t want to sacrifice it before we have very high levels of vaccination and we have the right public health safety measures in place.”
He then went on to allege the NSW government is not following the national plan agreed on by the National Cabinet.
“NSW is not following the national agreed plan and if they’re able to do that with the support of the federal government, well then they should be flexible about what we do,” he said.
“Our position is obviously to ensure that we keep people as safe as possible and setting artificial dates of Christmas and overseas travel before such time as we are ready is the wrong thing to do.”
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NSW will reopen to the fully vaccinated on Monday October 11 after reaching 70 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage on Wednesday.
Pubs, restaurants and retail stores will open their doors, subject to capacity limits, while residents will be allowed to host 10 fully vaccinated people in their homes.   
NSW is also on track to become the first state in Australia to resume overseas travel with the international border ban to be lifted after it reaches 80 per cent double-dose.
Phase C of the National Plan, which is reached at 80 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage, signifies the opportunity of international travel for fully vaccinated Australians.

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