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NSW vaccinates more than 5500 people

More than 5500 people have received the COVID-19 jab in NSW in the first three days of the state’s vaccine roll-out.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday she was “very pleased” with the state’s progress.

But she called on the federal government to share more details about the national roll-out.

“I would appreciate some more information, frankly,” she told reporters.

“I would love information on exactly what the program is moving forward. If we can support things and accelerate that program, NSW is always willing to do that.”

Ms Berejiklian also expressed exasperation with her Queensland counterparts, after the northern state refused to pay NSW $30 million it owes for hotel quarantine.

“I am just incredibly disappointed. We are doing a huge load (of hotel quarantine stays) and I just want every state to appreciate that and just pay up,” she said.

“We’re asking for what we’re owed. It’s not even the dollars, it’s the principle.”

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said on Wednesday the state withhold the millions until a proposed quarantine centre near Toowoomba was approved.

Meanwhile, NSW Health has labelled Auckland a hotspot, with arrivals from there ushered into compulsory hotel quarantine.

NSW Health introduced the new order on Thursday after the New Zealand government reported three additional virus cases in Auckland on Wednesday.

Travellers who have arrived from NZ since Saturday are being contacted by health authorities to check if they have been to any new venues of concern attended by an infectious person.

They are also being asked to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until they get a negative result, or for 14 days if they went to one of the venues.

Arrivals from Auckland have a choice between 14 days of hotel quarantine or returning to NZ.

Meanwhile, from Friday indoor gathering limits in NSW will rise to 50 people, caps at weddings will remain at 300 and up to 30 people will be permitted to dance at any one time.

There will be 50 people allowed in gym classes, while indoor choirs can number 30 and cinemas can operate at 100 per cent capacity.

Standing and drinking at an indoor bar will be permitted from St Patrick’s Day if no further COVID-19 outbreaks occur before March 17.

NSW recorded its 39th consecutive day of no new local cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, with seven cases in hotel quarantine.

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