While the news of high vaccination rates in the Mid-Western area has been welcomed by local health professionals, residents are being warned that "this isn't over yet".
Statistics reveal that as of October 24, more than 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over in the Mudgee area have received their first COVID-19 vaccination, meanwhile 86.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The rates are believed to be the result of people taking the disease "seriously" after Mudgee and the surrounds experienced cases first-hand.
"Having an outbreak in Sydney, as unfortunate as it was, has made this very real for people and also having cases in our community," Mudgee South Surgery GP, Dr Alex Ghanem said.
"It certainly has gone from something we talked about to something that unfortunately has happened in our state.
"A lot of people realise we will be living with this disease. This isn't the end of it, we expect to see more cases in the community, particularly in winter.
"People need to remember that this isn't over, we need to remain cautious, it's incredibly important."
Dr Ghanem has predicted the region to reach the 90 per cent double dose mark by the end of the week, something that is considered a "commendable" effort.
"I'm very confident by the end of this week we will be up to 90 per cent," he said.
"We [doctors] are hoping to get into the mid-90s eventually for the double vax but there has been an absolutely fantastic effort so far. We certainly commend the community for stepping up and taking this seriously.
"For those who haven't been vaccinated, please step up. This is still a very serious disease, all we have to do is look and see what's happening in Victoria. Please be careful."
At this stage, the question remains unanswered for who will be assigned booster shots.
"There's still the question mark regarding booster vaccinations whether it will be confined to people over the age of 65 and health care workers or whether the Federal Government is going to adopt a broader perspective," Dr Ghanem said.
"It's not over yet, people might think it is."
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