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ADF stays in bush to help boost vaccination rates

ADF personnel meeting with Bourke Police last week – from right to left: Inspector Paul Quigg, Lt-Colonel Geoff Costello, local veteran Victor Bartley, Regimental Sergeant Major Mark Harris, Lt Stephen Petrie, Corporal Robert Huntley, Senior Constable Katie Hitchman, Private David McHugh Raphael Lee and LITC John Dwyer. PHOTO TWH

The partnership between Western NSW Local Health District and the Australian Defence Force will continue until the end of October.

The extended stay by members of the ADF will enable second-dose clinics to offer additional first doses, allowing more vaccinations across the region.

Scott McLachlan, WNSWLHD Chief Executive, said the extension will play a significant role in boosting the district’s vaccination rate.

“The first round of clinics contributed significantly to the rise in vaccination rates across Western NSW but there’s still a way to go, including the delivery of vital, second-doses. This is another huge step in the right direction,” he said.

“The ADF’s extension will allow people who might have missed out, who were not eligible the first time around, to receive their first dose as well as delivering those vital second doses.

“This is another fantastic opportunity for people in our district to show up and do their bit to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.

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