People in their 50s or older can now receive their COVID-19 vaccine as Phase 2a begins.
Monday was the first day of Phase 2a, which allows adults who are 50-years-old or more to receive the AstraZeneca vaccination from respiratory clinics, including the Dubbo clinic.
From May 17, the vaccine will be available to that age group via participating general practices.
Western NSW Primary Health Network acting chief executive officer Robert Strickland is encouraging Dubbo residents to check their vaccine eligibility.
Mr Strickland thanked everyone for their patience during the earlier stages when vaccination availability was limited.
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"...deliveries to our region have made it much more convenient for people to start making their appointment now, and I encourage those eligible to do so," he said.
As well as the Dubbo Respiratory Clinic, vaccines will be available at Dubbo Regional Aboriginal Health Service, Dubbo Family Doctors, Dubbo Medical and Allied Health Group, Western Plains Medical Centre, Macquarie Health Collective, DubboCare Family Practice and Bawrunga Medical Service.
The Swift Street Medical Centre in Wellington is also a vaccination location.
Local residents are encouraged to check their COVID-19 vaccination eligibility and make an appointment online at covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility, or by talking to their GP.
People under the age of 50 should discuss with their doctor, nurse, or immunisation provider whether they can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. Their doctor will weigh the potential risks against the benefits they expect the vaccine may have.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has established a link between the vaccine and thrombosis.
The WNSW PHN said there was a very low chance of the side effect, which may occur in around four to six people in every million after being vaccinated with AstraZeneca.
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