Fully vaccinated against COVID-19? You can catch up with a friend outdoors from Monday

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the change and thanked everyone who had come forward to get vaccinated.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the change and thanked everyone who had come forward to get vaccinated.

If you're one of those who got vaccinated early, you'll be able to meet up with a friend or four as of Monday.

As of September 13, up to five fully vaccinated adults - that's those who have had both doses of a COVID vaccine - and their children can get together outdoors in areas where stay-at-home orders remain in place.

That's as long as you stay within your local government area or within 5km of home, and children applies to those under 12.

It's the first measure of the easing of restrictions announced based on the vaccination rates rather than case numbers, announced by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian once six million vaccinations had been given across the State.

Further changes will take place the Monday after 70 per cent of the State is fully vaccinated. The 70 per cent double dose vaccination rate is expected to be reached across the state by mid-October, with every expectation we will be at that level or above.

There's also a chance individual local government areas will come out of lockdown if they have no new cases for at least 14 days. Each will be considered by the crisis cabinet each Wednesday.

With shires as close as Lachlan (Condobolin), Weddin (Grenfell) and Cowra having stay-at-home orders lifted on the weekend, Forbes Police Inspector Shane Jessep said police would continue their focus on COVID compliance.

That includes high visibility policing of the stay-at-home orders that do remain in place and that masks are being worn when you're away from your home.

To find a vaccination opportunity go online to the vaccination eligibility checker.

For those who received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine at the walk-in ADF clinic, your second shot will be coming up next weekend when the clinic returns.

The Advocate understands people will be notified of a day and timeframe for their vaccine. Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders on Friday appealed to people to make every effort to get there in the allocated timeframe.