Wiradjuri elder Frank Doolan has a few messages for the Dubbo community.
Chief among them is to set aside any doubts, have faith in the system and get vaccinated.
"There's a certain section of the community which would prefer to spread misinformation.
"I can understand your doubts, I had doubts myself, but it's a fact of life that's confronting all of us.
"It requires faith in the systems, I trust that NSW Health are doing the best they can, they're not selling us false information, we're gonna get through this together.
"Despite your doubts, think about the people who you love the most, and go and get the vaccine."
'Riverbank' Frank has had a first vaccine dose and will get the second jab later this week. He's one of thousands across Western NSW who have been vaccinated since COVID entered the region.
There has been a surge in the past month, with 26 per cent of the Western NSW LHD population fully vaccinated, and 54 per cent having received a first dose.
The health authority is aiming to double that by the end of September.
Of continual growing concern is the spread of the virus in the Indigenous community in Dubbo and the vulnerable remote communities across the state.
The community is mourning the tragic death of a well-known Indigenous man at Dubbo Hospital on Sunday night.
"The stakes are that much higher because it's in the Indigenous community, and in that community factors like overcrowding, lack of social distancing, things like that just place us at greater risk," Riverbank said, adding; "It's not out of a desire to break some health laws, but they do it because it's they way they are.
"This is tough but we're tough people, all of us west of the mountains, and we're gonna get through this."
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