According to Monday’s data, more than 75.2 per cent of the state’s over 16 population are fully vaccinated and 90.8 per cent have received at least one dose.
If NSW continues to roll out vaccines at this pace, the state should reach the 80 per cent double-dose mark by Sunday.
Mr Perrottet said his cabinet will meet on Thursday afternoon to assess the vaccination rates across the state, in particular, regional NSW, to consider whether an easing of more restrictions would be appropriate.
Premier Dominic Perrottet has remained tight-lipped on whether more restrictions will be eased by next Monday if the state hits 80 per cent double dosed this week. Picture: Getty Images
According to the government’s roadmap, domestic travel, including trips between Greater Sydney and regional NSW will be permitted at 80 per cent double-dose.
“There are other challenges that we need to look at in terms of travelling to the regions for example, because the regional vaccination rates in NSW is not obviously on the same level as Greater Sydney,” he told Sky News Australia’s First Edition on Wednesday.
“So, look, we’ll work through those issues tomorrow and if we think we can hit that vaccination rate over the weekend then hopefully we can bring some of those restrictions to be released a little earlier.”
NSW on track to hit 80 per cent double dose this week
He added the government and health officials have been “surprised” by the increase in vaccination rates but remained concerned for jab rates in the regions.
“But overall, I mean I think the efforts of people in NSW right across the state to get vaccinated has been key to the freedom here so I just wanted to thank everybody.”
When the state reaches the 80 per cent mark, capacity limits at cafes and restaurants, home visitations and community sports will ease, but Mr Perrottet remained sceptical about lifting the ban on regional travel as early as next Monday.
An announcement on whether residents will be offered those extra freedoms from next week will be made on Friday.
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The Premier was asked whether he would consider bringing the December 1 date for the unvaccinated forward, to which he answered: “No, we’re not at that point”. 
“We’ve set that date and I think that’s the target because we want to obviously continue to drive that vaccination rate here in our state,” Mr Perrottet said.
“We’re leading the nation here, arguably the world in terms of the substantial take up and the pace of take up of vaccination across our state, but we want to do everything we can to drive that vaccination rate above 90 per cent.”
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On the Monday after the state hits its 80 per cent double-dose vaccination target, patrons will be able to enter hospitality venues under a one per two sqm instead of a one person per four sqm rule, with standing up drinking permitted.
Residents will be able to have up to 20 visitors (excluding children 12 and under) to a home, up to 50 people will be allowed to gather outdoors and community sports can return.
Click here for the full list of roadmap changes.

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