BATHURST'S first dose vaccination rate is nearing 90 per cent and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole is confident the city will soon exceed that figure.
The latest vaccination rates for people 15 years of age and older were released late Monday.
As of September 26, the Bathurst local government area was sitting at 86.6 per cent for first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while the double-dose vaccination rate was 54.7 per cent.
Another 4.5 per cent of the eligible population received their first dose over the last week, while another 8.4 per cent got their second dose.
If a similar number of people receive their first dose this week, Bathurst will be over 90 per cent when the latest figures are released next Monday.
"The community of Bathurst has really responded and come forward to get vaccinated," Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said.
"... For Bathurst to be sitting at 86.6 per cent first dose, it is an incredible effort by all those in the local community. I think by the end of this week we will go very close to hitting the 90 per cent target of the community having received their first dose."
It is also expected that the second dose figure will grow substantially over the coming days, with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) back in Bathurst this week.
"With the ADF back in town, I'm expecting that to be almost a 10 per cent jump once those figures come through [next week]. Not only have we got the ADF walk-up clinic, but let's not forget we have the pharmacists, GPs, and the clinic at CSU that are all administering the vaccine," Mr Toole said.
People in regional NSW are urged to keep coming forward for vaccination
Deputy premier John Barilaro said on Monday that unvaccinated people in regional NSW will miss out on additional freedoms, or lose existing ones, when NSW opens up next month.
"A reminder to regional communities, where at the moment you may have a level of freedoms, those freedoms will be lost if you remain unvaccinated, so the message to everyone is to continue to get vaccinated," he said.
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