Dominic Perrottet’s comments come as roughly 10,000 took to the streets on Saturday to protest against mandatory vaccination rules.
“I’ve set the date as the 15th of December and there are restrictions in that date that are annoying and frustrating, and I hate wearing a mask as much as the next person,” he said on Sunday.
“Ultimately these are things that we have to do for this period of time to keep people safe, I accept we’ve made changes to the roadmap from time to time.”
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has no plans to ease restrictions for the unvaccinated before December 15. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip
The Premier accepted that while there would be differing views on the government’s process in reopening but mentioned the importance of recognising the success the state has had.
“There will always be different views in relation to the decisions that governments make during the pandemic, I accept that I have lived through that over the past 18 months, everyone’s got their own views and opinions on these matters,” he said.
“But ultimately in the main I think we’ve got it right and I think we lose sight of it sometimes, how successful we’ve been in this country in relation to the handling of the pandemic.
“If you look at the death rate and the economic success, Australia is up there with the best in the world and we’ve been able to do that in very challenging circumstances.”
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While the Premier said he accepted that people “have the right to protest” and to “free speech” he said the vaccination rate in Australia and NSW had led to the reopening of the state.
“To be getting close to 95 per cent is going to be a great thing for our state, it means that we keep our families safe, our friends safe put downward pressure on the hospital system,” he said on Sunday.
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“This pandemic is not over by any stretch there is a long journey to go, we’ve seen that overseas as other waves come forward and the best thing that we can do… is to go out and get vaccinated.”
Mr Perrottet acknowledged that as the state reopens the case numbers, deaths and hospitalisations would rise but he said “the best thing we can do” is to continue coming forward for vaccination.
On Sunday the state recorded 176 new cases while the vaccination rate continue to rise towards the 95 per cent mark.
According to the National COVID-19 statistics in NSW there is 94.4 per cent of the population aged 16 and older with one dose of a vaccine and 91.8 per cent fully vaccinated.
For those aged between 12 and 15-years-old, there is 81 per cent who have received at least one dose while 75 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Under the current roadmap, unvaccinated residents will have restrictions relaxed when the state reaches 95 per cent double dose vaccination or on December 15.

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