Regional Health Minister Dr David Gillespie says the Royal Flying Doctor Service has played a critical role in the vaccine rollout across rural and remote NSW, going “ahead in leaps and bounds”.

“Just in the last three weeks, 1,400 people have received a vaccine in some of the more remote Indigenous shires,” Dr Gillespie said.

“There was a lot of vaccine hesitancy, they brought mental health staff with them and had sausage sizzles, they educated people and addressed their concerns.

“They’re based in Broken Hill where they have been not only delivering vaccines, they’ve bought another 8000 vaccines into the Northwest of the state.

“They flew in advanced teams because they go by road as well as by air, they deliver medical services, dental services, health services, but they have stepped up to the mark and are delivering vaccines in most far-flung places of Australia.”

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