Parents urged to get their teens vaccinated as NSW records 260 new COVID-19 cases

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the numbers were “inching incredibly slowly upwards towards our aim of getting that 95 per cent double-dose vaccination”.

More than 81 per cent of teens aged 12 to 15 have had one vaccine dose and 77.2 per cent are fully jabbed.

Dr Chant urged parents to use the summer holidays to get teens vaccinated, saying “It will be really important to have those high vaccination coverages going into next year” .

Meanwhile, NSW Health is monitoring a local cluster of the Omicron variant, with 14 cases linked to a school and climbing gym in Sydney’s west and southwest, among the state’s 25 recorded cases of the new strain.

Dr Chant warned cases of the new variant would continue to climb.

“It is expected that our numbers linked to this cluster will rise as further results are confirmed,” she said on Monday.

Three new Omicron cases recorded in ACT

Three new cases of COVID-19 linked to the Omicron variant have been detected in the ACT.

It takes the number of Omicron cases in the national capital to five.

Of the new cases, two are household close contacts, while the third is a casual contact.

Despite the arrival of Omicron cases in the ACT, Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the territory government was not looking to immediately implement further restrictions

A return to masks for indoor settings may also be considered.

“We are putting on hold consideration for the further easing of restrictions,” Ms Stephen-Smith told ABC Radio on Tuesday.

“We might move to (indoor mask wearing) but no decision has been made on that.”

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However, due to Omicron cases, close contacts and household contacts will still need to undergo 14 days of quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status.

“It’s about taking a precautionary approach, where there’s so much uncertainty and making sure we’re continuing to protect the community,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

Victoria records 1185 COVID-19 cases, seven deaths

Victoria has recorded 1185 new COVID-19 infections and another seven deaths, taking its toll from the pandemic to 1385.

The health department confirmed on Tuesday the state is managing 13,050 active cases, dropping from 16,503 on Monday.

There are 297 patients in the state’s hospitals, 102 of whom are in intensive care and 25 requiring ventilation.

The seven-day hospitalisation average sits at 295.

Testers processed 52,257 results on Monday, while 3769 people were vaccinated in state-run hubs.

More than 91 per cent of Victorians over 12 are fully vaccinated.

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