Indigenous leader Warren Mundine says the COVID-19 outbreak in Western New South Wales could be “massively disastrous”, as much of the Indigenous population remains unvaccinated against the virus.

Only 8 per cent of Indigenous people in the Western Plains region have been vaccinated, a number which Mundine terms as a “dreadful low number of people”.

“There’s a lot of chronic illness in these communities, right across western New South Wales and the north-west,” Mr Mundine told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

“From the beginning, it was pointed out very strongly that as a nation we needed to protect the Aboriginal communities in these areas because if COVID got into them it would have been a disaster.

“This is my worst nightmare, hearing the pain and suffering on the phone from people out there.

“It could be massively disastrous.”

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