Opera House lights up as NSW sails past double vaccination rate of 80 per cent

The Sydney Opera House will be the backdrop for a special tribute to frontline workers and those who have been vaccinated as NSW passes the 80 per cent double vaccination milestone.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said images would be projected onto the sails of the famous landmark, to celebrate the efforts of so many throughout the pandemic, enabling NSW to lead the country in the vaccination stakes and reopen ahead of schedule.

“When the sun goes down on Monday evening the Sydney Opera House sails will come alive with reminders of the people who have kept us safe, either through their work or by simply rolling up their sleeve and getting the jab,” Mr Perrottet said.

Auburn new grads nursing and midwifery. Left to right: Tracey Rose Abraham (Reg nurse), Sinead Mills (Reg nurse), Amy Rahmani (Reg nurse), Eda Duygu Bayraktar (Reg nurse), Emily Godden (Reg nurse). Nurse being carried: Olivia Widjaja (Reg nurse)

“We want to thank everyone for doing their bit to look out for each other in this pandemic because it’s this combined effort that has enabled us to hit our vaccination targets and start to get our lives back on track.”

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said the spectacle was a reminder of the freedoms that come with vaccination. 

“Those who are fully vaccinated can now visit a hairdresser, watch their favourite sports, head out to dinner and catch live shows provided they follow health guidelines,” Mr Dominello said.

“The people of NSW have absolutely hit it out of the park when it comes to getting vaccinated and alongside our tremendous frontline workers we want to thank each and every one of them for contributing to this magnificent Team NSW moment.” 

The sails will light up from 7pm Monday evening until midnight.

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