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The permit system will begin as the Australian Defence Force troops will start immunising some of the most vulnerable members of western NSW from tomorrow.

Anyone travelling from Greater Sydney to regional New South Wales must have a permit or they will face fines of up to $5000.

The permit system will kick in from midnight in an attempt to control further spread of Sydney's Delta outbreak into the regions.

You will need a permit if you live in Greater Sydney and need to travel further than 50 kilometres for work.

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If you're from Sydney's local government areas of concern, you will also need to have a COVID-19 test within the last week.

People travelling to a second home will also need a pass and will only be allowed to go if it's for work, or to do urgent repairs.

Only one person from a family can go at a time.

People inspecting a house they intend to move into are also allowed to leave.

Passes are available for people seeking to move permanently.

"For the purposes of this public health order and permit, Greater Sydney will no longer include Shellharbour and the Central Coast," NSW Health said in a statement.

"People travelling to Shellharbour and the Central Coast for the above reasons will require a permit to do so."

You can apply on the Service NSW website.

Vaccine boost for regional areas

The system comes as vaccination teams are due to arrive in regional NSW today ahead of a push to get more jabs in arms.

Australian Defence Force troops will begin immunising some of the most vulnerable members of the Dubbo community from Saturday, boosting the program already in place.

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They will be in addition to the 50 troops already helping police with compliance and welfare checks across the region.

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During the statewide lockdown a woman walks past a mural on the side of a building on Talbragar street in Dubbo, NSW.

Twenty-five new infections have been recorded in the state's west, bringing the total outbreak to 167.

Colonel Warwick Young said the incoming ADF personnel would free up police.

"Whilst there is that compliance aspect in assisting the police with their tasks, the real added bonus we give is we can release police from some of those tasks that we are quite capable of doing for them to get on with the policing that they need to do," Colonel Young told Today.

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Orlando McCauley has Covid-19 test at the Dubbo West walk-in clinic.

"Because the world keeps turning and police still have to deal with their day to day issues."

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Geoffrey McKechnie said the vaccination drive was a key part in protecting those most at risk from contracting COVID-19.

"I'm really concerned about our small towns," Assistant Commissioner McKechnie told Today.

"In western NSW resources are scarce across a lot of different agencies and here in Dubbo we have got a fantastic health facility and lots of resources.

"The further west we go obviously that gets a little bit thinner.

"Lots of our Aboriginal people here in the west are communicating with us, we hear them and we are trying as hard as we can to get that assistance out there to them.

"The vaccination program is a big part of that and we really need people to come forward and get vaccinated when we get that program to our towns.

"There are certainly people in our far western towns, in particular, that are concerned about the current situation, and we are working as hard as we can to get support around those folks."

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Regional NSW cases as lockdown is extended

Yesterday the NSW Premier announced that residents in the state's regional communities will be in lockdown until "at least" August 28.

The extension of the lockdown comes amid rising cases in towns such as Dubbo and Wilcannia.

The cases, as well as new infections in Goulburn, South Kempsey and Queanbeyan, drove the decision to extend regional NSW's lockdown.

An additional three cases were detected in Wilcannia, in the Far West, as health authorities expressed concern a funeral attended by more than 100 people before lockdown rules were in place could have seeded many cases. There were five new cases in the Newcastle area.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-regional-nsw-case-numbers-defence-force-troops-increase-vaccinations-in-rural-communities-dubbo/9e77c375-48af-49cc-9d6b-e0056262768a

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