Residents across the Central West and Orana regions are being urged to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated for COVID-19 to help protect themselves, their loved ones and local community as soon as possible.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders received his first jab on Monday, and said COVID-19 vaccinations are free and available across regional NSW through local GPs, NSW Health clinics and select pharmacies.
“Time and time again our community has come together when things need to get done and now is the time for each of us to roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated, to protect ourselves, family and friends – and keep our community safe,” Mr Saunders said.
“Personally, I’ve made the decision to get the Oxford University-developed AstraZeneca vaccine because I’m eligible for it and I have faith in it. I would encourage people to speak with their doctor and make the best decision for them, but not to delay making an appointment.
“I know the process to get an appointment can be frustrating but please don’t give up. Keep trying and consider all the options available
“Two doses of the vaccine provides more than 90 per cent prevention of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19, and also reduces the risk of spreading the virus by about 90 per cent, so if you have not yet had the jab, make an appointment as soon as possible.”
Mr Saunders said lifting restrictions across NSW so that people can safely get back to work and get on with life can only begin to be considered after more than six million vaccines are administered.
“Getting the jab greatly reduces your risk of dying if you happen to contract the virus and the protection it provides is essential for us to be able to welcome visitors, tourists, customers, suppliers and investors back to the bush,” he said.
“Tell your parents, your family and your friends how they can get the jab and the benefits it will provide for them and our community.”
Anyone aged 18 and over can find nearby places where they can get the jab at covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
For further information about regional NSW COVID-19 rules, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw.