NSW records 35 COVID-19 deaths and 13,333 new cases

NSW has recorded 13,333 new COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm.

Of the new cases, 7,077 came from positive rapid antigen tests while 6,256 came from PCR testing.

There are 2,737 COVID-19 patients in hospital, with 189 in ICU.

The state's population aged 16 years and over is now 93.9 per cent double vaccinated, while 95.4 per cent have had their first COVID-19 vaccine shot.

36.4 per cent have had their third dose of vaccine.

Teenagers will soon be able to get a COVID-19 booster shot after the medical regulator granted provisional approval for the Pfizer vaccine for 16 and 17-year-olds. Previously, only people 18 years and older had been able to get a booster shot.


NSW Health will release further details of today's cases at 11am.

People who have had COVID-19 over summer are being urged to get a booster vaccine within weeks of their recovery.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is frustrated that just 36 per sent of the eligible population in the state have had the booster shot, despite supply being plentiful.

"It is a very clear message now: four to six weeks after you've had COVID, you can have the booster," he said.

Meanwhile at national cabinet on Thursday, states and territories agreed to trucking license changes to be based on competency and skills tests as opposed to only time. New Zealand trucking licenses will also be recognised.

Ongoing difficulties in lifting Indigenous vaccination rates and problems posed by misinformation were also discussed.

The double-dose rate for Indigenous people aged 16 and older is sitting around 75 per cent, compared with more than 93 per cent for Australia's overall 16-plus population.

- with Australian Associated Press (AAP)

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