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Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan.
Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan.

Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer, Scott McLachlan said on Monday he is pleased with the response from Canowindra and Eugowra residents to COVID-19 testing.

Canowindra residents were able to undergo testing at the Canowindra Hospital during the stay at home orders issued for Cabonne over the past week.

"Testing in Canowindra has been good, we're really encouraged to see Canowindra and Eugowra communities come out and get tested," Mr McLachlan said.

"Quite a few people over the weekend and late last week came to the local hospitals for testing, that has been terribly encouraging," he said.

In the Western NSW Health district more than 37,000 tests have been carried out in the past month.

With a large portion of the Central West put under stay-at-home orders last week Central West health experts are urging people to take up the AstraZeneca vaccine if they are eligible due to the limited supply of Pfizer.

Mr McLachlan, said both vaccines were known to be safe and effective and the organisation was working on expanding vaccination hubs in the region.

There are currently three vaccination hubs that are available seven days a week at Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst and two mobile teams that can travel to rural communities were "scaled up" in the past three weeks.

Mr McLachlan said, in that time, there was a 200 per cent increase in the number of vaccinations that the organisation has been able to provide.

"We will continue to vaccinate obviously with Pfizer but there is limitations on the supply and volumes of Pfizer for the next two to three weeks while we wait for more to come into the country."