Grilled on Thursday morning as to whether a decision has been made on the matter, Mr Perrottet reiterated the government has “made commitments in relation to the 80 per cent double dose”.
“It looks like, based on the efforts that everyone’s made across the state, that we’ll hit that target over the weekend and that’s incredibly positive,” he told reporters.
“But there have been concerns about the different pace of the vaccine rollout particularly in regional NSW.”
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The Premier flagged while he had not yet looked at the relevant figures he would do so “with members of the cabinet team when we meet to look at a range of issues in relation to our COVID response”.
“And I’m sure – well I know – that that’s up for discussion,” he said. 
His comments come amid apprehension unrestricted travel between Greater Sydney and the regions will remain off-limits once the next vaccine threshold is reached – effectively breaking with the NSW government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
Mr Perrottet underlined on Wednesday his government had committed to the roadmap and further restrictions would be eased the Monday after the 80 per cent vaccine threshold is hit.
Premier Dominic Perrottet is meeting with his cabinet members on Thursday to discuss the resumption of regional travel and other issues surrounding NSW’s exit from lockdown. Picture: Mick Tsikas-Pool/Getty Images
He was light-hearted in his response to a question on Thursday about whether there were concerns the regions lacked enough vaccine supply to catch Sydney, saying “everyone’s concerned here, I’m optimistic about our state”.
“We are doing incredibly well so stop the concern, let’s focus on the hope and optimism that the people of NSW feel right now. We have come through a very difficult time and the efforts of people across the state have got us through this pandemic,” he said. 
The challenges facing NSW “might be concerning but ultimately overall, let’s have some perspective”.  
“We are doing incredibly well as a state, we have many good things to be proud about, to be happy about, to be optimistic about – and a little bit less concern and a bit more hope and optimism I think will go a long way,” Mr Perrottet said. 
“The Health Minister advised me that supply is not an issue, but we will obviously go through that today with the health team.” 
Reports emerged on Thursday afternoon regional travel could be delayed for at least a week after the state reaches the 80 per cent double dose mark. 
NSW is tipped to hit the next vaccine threshold just a week after reaching 70 per cent which triggered the lifting of a range of restrictions, including allowing up to 10 people to gather in homes, the reopening of retail businesses and access to gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities. 
The state has seen a gradual drop in COVID-19 cases as vaccination targets are hit, reporting 360 new infections on Tuesday, 444 new infections on Wednesday and 406 new infections on Thursday. 
Across NSW, 91.4 per cent of the eligible population has received a first dose of a vaccine and 77.8 per cent are fully vaccinated. 

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