Grenfell to be a COVID-19 vaccine satellite hub

In great news for local residents Grenfell is set to be one of 35 satellite hubs set up by Western NSW Local Health District to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

The main hub for the dispersal of the COVID-19 vaccine for the satellite sites will be Dubbo, however Grenfell, Orange, Bathurst, Blayney, Oberon, Cowra, Eugowra, Canowindra, Mudgee, Gulgong, Dunedoo, Rylstone, Molong, Gilgandra, Gulargambone, Coonabarabran, Baradine, Coonamble, Coolah, Cobar, Nyngan, Warren, Trangie, Tottenham, Parkes, Forbes, Peak Hill, Tullamore, Trundle, Condobolin, Walgett, Collarenebri, Lightning Ridge, Brewarrina and Bourke will all be satellite sites.

Dubbo will be one of four major hubs joining Wagga, Newcastle, Wollongong and Coffs Harbour.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it had been great to see the enormous enthusiasm from those receiving and giving the jabs.

"NSW is on track to achieve its goal of more than 35,000 vaccinations in the first three weeks with thousands of front line workers already receiving their first doses thanks to excellent work of our NSW Health staff in the three initial hubs," Ms Berejiklian said.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it was fantastic the roll-out of the vaccine would be expanded into regional NSW, now including major hubs in Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga.

"Regional NSW has endured a myriad of impacts from COVID-19 and with the vaccine now on its way, we will have the confidence and assurance we need to live fully and remain open for business," Mr Barilaro said.

Health minister Brad Hazzard said rolling out vaccinations to front line staff in the regions was the next step to ensuring they were protected against COVID-19.

"Wollongong and Newcastle are particularly significant because we have front line staff meeting overseas freighters arriving at ports and those staff obviously are at higher risk than others," Mr Hazzard said.

Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the expansion was a major boost for the state's front line healthcare workers, especially those in regional NSW.