Sydney restrictions ease today as vaccine rollout widens

Greater Sydney will receive a taste of freedom from today with a slight easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Meanwhile children aged 12 and over will begin receiving their jabs from this morning as Australia's vaccine rollout enters a new phase.

But today's coronavirus update from the New South Wales Government will look a little different with the daily 11am media conference being replaced with an online update from health officials.

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The change comes as this week is expected to see a large surge in new infections, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian previously warning October would be the worst month for the state's hospitals.

From today, people living in hotspot suburbs can take part in outdoor recreation – such as a picnic – with people from their household for two hours each day, in addition to unlimited exercise.

However, all must be within their local government area or within five kilometres of home.

EXPLAINED: Everything you need to know about the NSW restrictions easing

Those living outside of hotspot areas can have a picnic with four other fully vaccinated adults, as long as the gathering takes place in their local government area or within five kilometres of their home.

A greater easing of restrictions are due to take effect once 70 per cent of NSW residents have been fully vaccinated.

While those under 16 are not being included in the count towards 70 per cent, those aged 12 and over can now roll up their sleeves for a vaccine through GPs and vaccination clinics.

Pfizer will be on offer for children aged 12 and over, with Moderna expected to be added once the TGA approves it for use.

The first Moderna doses will begin arriving in Australia this week, including a million doses from Europe with a total of 11 million mRNA vaccines to arrive this month.

Yesterday NSW recorded 1262 new infections and seven additional deaths including a man in his 20s from western Sydney.

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