Jabs available for kids aged 12-15 years; Dylan Alcott wins Golden Slam, Ricciardo Italian GP

Parents can start making bookings for their children aged 12 to 15 to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Assisting this additional demand, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the federal government had secured an additional one million Moderna doses from member countries of the European Union.

These will arrive next weekend and will start to be rolled out to the 3600-strong community pharmacy network, kicking off with up to 1800 in the first stage.

Parts of NSW wakes to new freedoms but the message remains the same: a "challenging" two months with an incoming peak in COVID-19 cases is what's ahead.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there had been some stabilisation of infection numbers in the local government areas of concern but the virus was "picking up pace" in certain suburbs.

There are currently 1206 COVID-19 patients in NSW in hospital, with 220 in intensive care and 92 ventilated.

Thousands of NSW residents across the state's northeast and southwest enjoyed their second day of freedom in weeks as stay-at-home restrictions lifted on Saturday for regional centres such as Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga and Albury.

Masks are mandatory at indoor public venues, but hospitality, retail and sporting spots have all been cleared to reopen with restrictions while rules for indoor and outdoor gatherings have been relaxed with limits.

Over 620 schools across regional NSW will welcome thousands of students back to face-to-face learning and teaching today as restrictions ease in 57 LGAs.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said more than 110,000 students are returning to classrooms for the final week of term.

Dylan Alcott wins Golden Slam, Ricciardo Italian GP

Wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott has won the USA to wrap up a golden slam. He is the first man ever to achieve a 'golden slam' which is all four major singles titles as well as Paralympic gold in the same season.

The irrepressible 30-year-old Melburnian top seed left Dutch teenager Niels Vink in his wake at Flushing Meadows - winning 7-5 6-2 in an hour and a quarter to lift his 15th grand slam singles crown.

Daniel Ricciardo has revealed how he stayed up late on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix to watch British teenager Emma Raducanu's US Open triumph - and how her success proved inspirational before his own comeback triumph.

Australia's effervescent McLaren driver raced back to the top of the podium on Sunday, ending the team's near nine-year wait for a win.

Ricciardo's old infectious smile - and 'shoey' celebration - was also back in evidence after he led an "insane" one-two for McLaren at Monza, with his teammate Lando Norris finishing runner-up.

Majority support for The Lodge as PM's home: poll

The Prime Minister's flying visit to Sydney at the Father's Day weekend has evenly divided Australians, but a majority believe he should live in The Lodge, new polling shows.

Australia Institute executive director Ben Oquist said the community was split on the Prime Minister's travel.

"We actually need to cut politicians a bit more slack, they need to be able to move around the country to do their jobs," Mr Oquist said.

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