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Commentary As the first tranche of COVID-19 restrictions lifted earlier this week, the people of New South Wales (NSW) enjoyed their first taste of freedom after four months of strict lockdown and enforced seclusion. Although vaccination rates in the state were low in July, once the NSW government-linked freedoms to needles, the rates shot up as people flocked to get jabbed. With the 80 percent target due to be reached sometime this week, hope grows that we will return to something resembling normal life by year’s end. Those not yet fully vaccinated—plus conscientious anti-vaxxers—will live restricted lives for some time to come. But eventually, they will enjoy emancipation, too. COVID-19 has changed Australia. Along with most other countries, we were ordered by our governments to stay home, enduring separation from loved ones and coping with the heavy burden of economic loss and strained mental health. True, governments exercised powers they …