Unvaccinated teenagers in New South Wales will be allowed to attend end-of-year celebrations such as formals and graduations after health officials granting them an exemption to party.
The rule change for formals and graduations was signed off on by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard on Wednesday – but unvaccinated students will still not be allowed to attend house parties or nightclubs.
‘The HSC students of 2021 have had an incredibly tough 18 months, including substantial time without face-to-face teaching, and missing out on seeing friends and family,’ Mr Hazzard said.
NSW health minister Brad Hazzard (pictured) says unvaccinated students deserve the right to party
Mr Hazzard signed an exemption to allow unvaccinated students to attend formals and graduation events (pictured: Bentleigh Secondary College students are seen returning to school in July)
‘They deserve to be able to party with their friends and enjoy one of the biggest celebrations of their life,’ he added.
Unvaccinated students will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the event.
In NSW, 87.2 per cent of teenagers aged 16 to 19 are fully vaccinated.
Those that are unvaccinated have already been sitting alongside their classmates as they complete HSC exams after in-person classes resumed in October.