NSW is now halfway to its target of having 70 percent of adults fully vaccinated — the milestone in which the state will start to open up — despite recording 1,218 new local COVID-19 cases.
It is a new daily record for case numbers in the state, and the largest number ever recorded by an Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period.
Six COVID-19 patients died in the reporting period, bringing the total number of deaths in this latest outbreak to 89.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in the past week, 834,000 people had received a vaccine dose.
"It is an outstanding result, it has broken all our records," she said.
"So we are halfway to that magic 70 percent number across the state in order to have those extra freedoms."
While 65 per cent of adults in NSW have now received one vaccination, 35 per cent are now fully vaccinated.
"We are approaching 1 million jabs a week and for a population of 8 million people, that is outstanding," the Premier said.
"Thank you. It is making a difference. We are going to show the way in Australia as to how you can live with COVID."
Almost 50,000 vaccines doses were administered in the 24 hours to 8:00 pm yesterday.
Of the six people who died, three were aged in their 80s and three were in their 70s.
One man in his 80s died at Concord Hospital after acquiring the infection at the Wyoming Aged Care facility in Sydney's inner west. The man's death is the fifth linked to the facility.
A man in his 80s from southwest Sydney died at Nepean Hospital after acquiring his infection there. His is the fifth death linked to that outbreak.
There are 31 COVID-19 cases in Sydney's Parklea Correctional Centre, which has now been locked down to avoid inmate movement.
The ABC understands the inmates who were in the main section of the correctional centre, and not new arrivals in custody.
There are 813 COVID-19 cases currently in hospital, including 126 in intensive care, of whom 54 are being ventilated.
NSW Health's Jeremy McAnulty said of those 126 in intensive care, 113 were not vaccinated and 12 had received one dose of vaccine.
Dr McAnulty said two ICU patients had been fully vaccinated but acute symptoms were uncommon in fully vaccinated people.
"The vaccine is great, we know it is around 90 per cent if you are fully vaccinated, of protecting from severe disease, hospitalisation and death.
"But it is not perfect, it is not 100 per cent, so unfortunately we do get breakthrough infection sometimes, even in people who have had two doses."
The main areas of concern remain around Western Sydney (466 total cases) and the southwest (421 cases), with concern around the suburbs of Guildford, Merrylands, Auburn, Greenacre, Bankstown, Punchbowl, and Blacktown.
Twenty-five new cases were reported in the Western Sydney Local Health District to 8:00 pm yesterday.
Dr. McAnulty said COVID-19 fragments had been detected in sewage in regional areas including Trangie, just west of Dubbo, Byron Bay on the north coast, Cooma in the Southern Tablelands, and Tamworth in the north.
The Premier said she was disappointed to hear of an alleged arson attack on a COVID-19 testing clinic in North St Marys in Western Sydney overnight.
"It is always disappointing when people ignore health advice or pretend that COVID-19 is not serious," she said.
"A number of people do have those views and demonstrate them from time to time and that is the threat of Delta."
Ms. Berejiklian denied there were not enough resources in vulnerable Indigenous communities, such as Wilcannia in the far west.
"I know that our teams give us feedback on what needs to happen [and] if there is more to do, of course, we will," she said.
"But until this point in time, all the briefings I am receiving give me a good deal of confidence that support is being provided where it is needed."