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LOCAL VACCINE UPTAKE ON THE RISE

Young COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Clinic's Dr Asitha Wickramaratne (Dr Wick) has said the rollout of the Pfizer vaccine in the region has seen more locals coming forward to get the jab but he is encouraging more to get vaccinated.

According to Dr Wick the uptake from the regional community over the last couple of weeks has been very pleasing.

"Young Vaccination hub is currently rolling our Pfizer vaccine to the local region, we are getting close to our capacity of doing 200 doses per day," Dr Wick said.

"The uptake from the community as been great in the past three weeks."

Dr Wick has stressed that the risks to those who take the vaccine are worth the reward not only to themselves but to the whole community.

"You are more than 100 times more likely to develop a new cancer than to get the rare clotting complication of the COVID vaccine," he said.

"There is and always will be risk in every day of our lives. Smart people just minimise it."

Dr Wick believes the only way the community will stay safe is if more locals take up the vaccine.

"The only way for us to stay safe as a region is to reach a vaccination rate of 90 per cent," Dr Wick said.

Dr Wick also wanted to make the point to locals that there is a single correlation between deaths and hospitalisation of patients who have contracted COVID-19.

"I would also like to point out that the deaths, hospitalised and dreadfully unwell patients due to COVID-19 all have one thing in common - they have not been fully vaccinated."

To book in to get your vaccine call 63821599, book through www.hotdoc.com.au or alternatively locals can book in with their General Practitioner to discuss and access the vaccine.

STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS LIFTED

The stay-at-home orders currently in place in the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas were lifted, as scheduled, at 12.01am Wednesday July 28.

There has been no further transmission of COVID-19 detected in the region since the case notified on 20 July.

Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council have reverted to the same restrictions as the rest of regional NSW from Wednesday.

NSW Health thanks people in these local communities for their co-operation and patience during the stay-at-home restrictions for the past week.

As there has been a case recently in the community, and the ongoing outbreak continues across Sydney, it is vital people in these communities and throughout NSW continue to come forward for testing at the first sign of even mild symptoms.

Dr Wick (right) is encouraging locals to come forward and get vaccinated. Photo: Rebecca Hewson

Dr Wick (right) is encouraging locals to come forward and get vaccinated. Photo: Rebecca Hewson