Anyone over 18 will be able to book an appointment for AstraZeneca through the Dubbo clinic, or any clinic in Western NSW, by the end of this week.
The region's health chief made the announcement on Tuesday. Currently, if you're between 18 and 39 years-old and willing to get the AstraZeneca jab, you need to seek advice from a GP.
The changes are already in place in Sydney and support the NSW Premier's push to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible. Between 35 and 40 per cent of people in Western and Central Western NSW have received at least one vaccination dose, according to data released by the Australian government.
Thirty-four point one (34.1) per cent of people aged over 15 in the Far West and Orana region, which includes Dubbo, have had their first jab, while 13.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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In the neighboring Central West region, 40.4 per cent have received their first dose, and 16.7 per cent have had both.
"That's getting to a reasonable number in Western NSW," Western NSW Local Health District chief executive Scott McLachlan said. "I'd love to see those vaccination rates double what they are at the moment.
"We know in September and October there'll be a much bigger supply of AstraZeneca and Pfizer coming in."
Around 1000 people per week are receiving the jab at clinics across the region.
The aim is to get 80 per cent of the Western region population vaccinated by the end of the year, and the message is clear - there's a bulk supply of AstraZeneca, and more people need to take it up.
"We have a really good supply of AstraZeneca, I really would encourage people to take that up as an option."
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