Dubbo drive-through jab clinic opens

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The state's first drive-through vaccination clinic has opened in Dubbo, as an outbreak in the regional city nears 400 cases.

Of the 1035 new cases diagnosed in NSW on Friday, 46 were diagnosed in the state's west and far west.

Another 34 cases were detected in Dubbo, taking the outbreak to 383.

In a bid to get infections under control, residents of the regional hub are now able to get a jab from the comfort and safety of their cars.

Both Pfizer and AstraZeneca are now available at the clinic at the Dubbo Showground, although bookings are required.

"It's a real coup for the Dubbo region and will make a huge difference for people who may have previously struggled to access a jab," local MP Dugald Saunders said in a Facebook post.

Several other outbreaks across the region also continue to grow, with six more cases detected in Bourke, two in Wellington, and one each in Mudgee and Bathurst.

Four new cases were diagnosed in the predominantly indigenous town of Wilcannia in far western NSW, taking the cluster to 58 cases.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd on Saturday said federal health authorities were "very concerned" about the outbreak in the town.

"The Commonwealth has been very active in working with indigenous leaders and with the local Aboriginal community controlled health organisations to boost the vaccination programs, to boost testing capacity," he told reporters.

"We have a... team which is helping and going door-to-door offering vaccinations.

"We also have the Royal Flying Doctors Service offering vaccinations through clinics to very small and very remote communities, and of course also being available to provide retrieval if we have people who become seriously unwell."

Meanwhile, communities living on the hard border between Queensland-NSW won't get their checkpoints moved south anytime soon.

The Queensland government on Friday said NSW had come to the table on the plan but within hours NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the government "vehemently opposes" moving the border check point south.

Queensland in late July reintroduced a hard border with its southern neighbour in response to the spiralling outbreak in NSW, progressively tightening exemptions for interstate travel.

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