Some Illawarra residents are concerned they will miss out on the freedoms that become available to fully vaccinated people in the coming months because they have not been able to get their shots yet.
Among them is Woonona resident Harry Williams, who is still waiting to receive his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
A specialist advised the 84-year-old to avoid the AstraZeneca vaccine due to a blood concern, so he visited his GP and in July, the doctor sent a request to the Wollongong vaccination clinic for an appointment.
It was almost three weeks later that Mr Williams received confirmation that he would receive his first shot on October 14, and the second on November 4.
The state government expects 70 per cent of people aged 16 and over will have received both shots of the vaccine in mid-October, at which point those who are fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption can enjoy more freedoms.
These include visits to restaurants, cafes, sporting and entertainment events, larger gatherings, visitors to the home, larger weddings and funerals, and domestic travel.
There will be a further easing of restrictions at 80 per cent.
Mr Williams said he and his wife Barbara - who had the first AstraZeneca shot and was awaiting her second - led an active life.
"My concern is if they put a restriction on people who aren't fully vaccinated, I can't lead a normal life," Mr Williams said.
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His attempts to move his appointments forward were unsuccessful, he said - he was advised there were no earlier slots available.
Mr Williams said he had also tried some other GP surgeries offering the Pfizer vaccine to see if he could speed up the process that way, but being in his 80s he was above their upper age limits.
He sees a lack of supply as the root cause of the issue.
"It all comes back to the fact they haven't had enough vaccine to go around," Mr Williams said.
Keira MP Ryan Park said the Illawarra had not received its fair share of vaccines, particularly given its close connection to south west Sydney.
"It's simply unacceptable for an area like ours that is now considered to be part of Greater Sydney not to be given adequate supplies of vaccine so that our Mass Vaccination Hub can actually operate at the capacity it was designed for," Mr Park said.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said there was a shortage of Pfizer, but there was an "abundant" supply of AstraZeneca and the Illawarra was not being disadvantaged.
He said more Pfizer stock would become available later this month and the Moderna vaccine would soon be on offer.