Wagga will find out today if NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet will give the region more time before allowing travellers from Sydney to enter.
NSW is on track to hit the 80 per cent average for full vaccination rates earlier than predicted, potentially allowing people to travel between Greater Sydney and regional areas under the COVID-19 roadmap before the initial estimated date of October 25.
Mr Perrottet said he aimed to honour the commitment to move to the next stage of reopening on the Monday after the 80 per cent milestone, which could be October 18.
"That's the commitment we've made, that's commitment we will sustain," he said.
Residents within Wagga local government area had a 67.2 per cent rate of full vaccination, as of Sunday, compared to 75.2 per cent for NSW as a whole, as of Tuesday.
Mr Perrottet said there "might be some other issues" around moving the next stage forward. "There have been concerns raised about regional NSW if you look at those double vaccination rates," he said.
"I have not had many discussions with my ministerial colleagues in relation to that aspect yet.
"That will be an issue that will be discussed; the deputy premier as the National Party's leader in NSW will obviously have a view and that will be considered."
Independent Wagga MP Joe McGirr said it was important to hold off Sydney travellers for another week.
"We still have some low vaccination rates in our region," he said.
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Dr McGirr said people in the Wagga electorate had been "doing the right thing" but there were still areas lagging behind on vaccination.
"We might be at less than 50 per cent full vaccination around Batlow. I am a little bit worried. Those numbers are clearly behind that of Sydney," he said.
"They need to keep that travel restriction for another week. We are exposed here." Dr McGirr said he had not received confirmation that travel out of Sydney would be held back until October 25.
If NSW hits the 80 per cent rate before Monday there will be benefits for Wagga, including no more outdoor mask wearing except for hospitality staff and the return of community sport.
Those without full vaccination will face restrictions until December 1.
Wagga-based Nationals MLC Wes Fang said everybody would have a chance to have their second dose before regional travel would reopen.
"We want to make sure that in opening up, we don't see the virus spread into those areas where we don't have the double vaccine doses that we wanted to have," he said.
"It gives those who have been hesitant or slower a little bit more of a prompt to say 'we really want you to get vaccinated, it is the way out of the pandemic'."
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