The ACT's Chief Minister said the impact of the NSW roadmap would be considered as part of the territory's plans to ease restrictions but the ACT's fully vaccinated residents would not get freedoms before others.
Fully vaccinated residents in NSW would be granted certain freedoms, including being able to dine at a restaurant and attend a gym, once the state reaches its 70 per cent double dose vaccination target.
Andrew Barr said ACT authorities would look at the NSW plan as part of the territory's roadmap but it would not be the main factor in the decision making process.
"Local conditions, local vaccination rates, local epidemiology will be the major driving forces behind our next steps and where we go in the coming months," Mr Barr said.
"But what's happening in surrounding NSW is an input into risk factor and clearly also provides an important guidance on really where the velocity of the double dose vaccination path that they follow."
Mr Barr said he would announce plans on how the ACT would transition out of lockdown next Tuesday.
The ACT reported 15 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, including at least eight people who were in the community for part of their infectious period.
Thirteen of the cases were linked to known cases or clusters.
The territory is also tipped to reach the 50 per cent fully vaccinated milestone on Friday, in the population over 16.
Mr Barr said the government would not move to make significant changes to public health measures in the ACT until everyone had been offered the opportunity to be vaccinated.
"There are still people who have not yet had access to a vaccine, not yet had access to the level of protection that vaccination provides," Mr Barr said.
"It remains the government's very firm view that these people should be given that opportunity before we make significant changes to our public health directions.
"As our vaccination rates increase it's the government intention to make gradual steps forward to manage our current outbreak."
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she expected the 70 per cent double dose milestone for the state to be reached at some point in October. The freedoms for the fully vaccinated would come into place on the Monday after that target was hit.
However, parts of regional NSW will emerge from lockdown on Saturday, including some ACT border communities.
Lockdown will be lifted in the Yass Valley local government area and the Snowy Valleys Council.
People from Yass and Murrumbateman have a standing exemption to enter the ACT for essential purposes, but Mr Barr cautioned people from the area to not travel to the ACT.
"As I understand the NSW changes, they wouldn't be permitting travel non-locked down local government areas into locked down areas," he said.
"The word of caution clearly would be there is a virus circulating in surrounding government areas and in the ACT, so if you're watching this from Yass then I wouldn't be advising moving too far out of your local government area."
Queanbeyan-Palerang will stay in lockdown, as will Goulburn Mulwaree, Eurobodalla and the Snowy Monaro.
The NSW government is undertaking a trial to add people's vaccination status to its Service NSW application, which hosts the state's QR code check in system.
But Mr Barr said this would not be needed in the ACT, as the territory did not need to encourage higher vaccination rates.
"In the ACT context, this is a solution looking for a problem. The argument for it is that it would drive up vaccination rates, we have no issue in the ACT with our vaccination rates," he said.
"The only thing that is holding back this community from getting to 95 per cent vaccination is available vaccine supply.
"So we don't need the QR code and the vaccine passport to drive up vaccination rates, that's not an issue in the ACT."
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Mr Barr also said the time between the ACT reaching the 70 per cent and 80 per cent fully vaccinated target would be less than a week and it was not worth the resources to add such a system into the Check In CBR app.
"When we reach 70 per cent double dose fully vaccinated, we will have on the current trajectory, first doses will be at 90 to 95 per cent," he said.
"What this means in raw percentage terms, given that the difference between 70 per cent and 80 per cent in the ACT is about 37,000 vaccinations is at 8000 vaccinations a day, five days of vaccinating.
"So why would we go through the entire rigmarole of putting in place such a complex set of systems with fraud risks, with [the] compliance nightmare associated with it for the sake of five days of extra vaccinating."
More than 50 per cent of 30- to 39-year-olds have had their first vaccine dose and more than 40 per cent of 16- to 29-year-olds have had one dose.
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