NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says “it’s not fair” for vaccine-hesitant residents to rely on their vaccinated peers to keep the state safe, insisting all citizens have an “obligation” to get the jab.

As part of the roadmap, unvaccinated residents will be forced to endure an additional seven weeks in lockdown despite the state’s reopening next Monday.

“We are a very lucky nation. We have had the vaccines available. We have now a plentiful supply of vaccines and there really is no reason other than a medical reason to not get vaccinated,” Mr Hazzard said.

“It strikes me that we’re now up to 70% double dosed across New South Wales – we’re leading the nation.

“Can I say to those who haven’t yet got vaccinated, please go and get vaccinated: it’s not really reasonable or fair that 70% or even when we get to 80%.

“It’s not fair that 70% or 80% of the community have done what they can to keep the rest of us safe.

“I would just say that our obligation is for all of the New South Wales residents to keep our entire New South Wales community safe.

“Go and get vaccinated: go and keep yourself safe, the community safe and of course New South Wales safe.”

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