NSW will need to maintain some of its highest daily vaccination rates on record to reach the six million doses needed by the end of August for restrictions to begin to be eased.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible to hit the ambitious target.
“That’s really important for us to have the tools available to us, so we can consider what life looks like beyond August 28 and it’s really, really important for people to come forward and get vaccinated,” she said
About 69,000 doses would need to be administered every day, including on weekends, for the rest of the month to reach the target, which health experts said would be challenging.
Throughout July, vaccination rates were significantly lower on weekends, typically falling to less than half the seven-day average on Sundays.
The state has achieved 69,000 vaccines in a day only nine times in the past 33 days, but the seven-day average has been steadily increased, reaching 77,000 jabs a day by Wednesday.
“We do know that on occasions we’ve managed [69,000 doses per day] in the last couple of weeks but it will be very difficult,” Christine Jenkins, head of the Respiratory Group at the George Institute for Global Health and a professor of respiratory medicine at UNSW, said.
“It will require a very healthy healthcare workforce and supply is the other crucial thing. We’re told that more Pfizer is coming at the end of the month, so I’m not sure if we’ll have it in time to reach the target, and we know that there’s a lot of AstraZeneca in the country, but we don’t know if that’s in NSW.”