The Eurobodalla Shire's high vaccination rates will be an important part of the region's ability to cope with an expected increase in COVID-19 cases as restrictions set to be ease across NSW next month.
The Eurobodalla Shire hospital service is made up of the 31-bed Batemans Bay Hospital and 55-bed Moruya District Hospital, overseen by the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD).
Neither hospital provides intensive care services.
A SNSWLHD spokesperson said both hospitals were set up to admit COVID-19 patients, but treatment at the hospital was a "case-by-case decision".
"Anyone who is very sick would be transferred to a hospital with the right specialists, in Canberra, Wollongong or Sydney, as already happens with other seriously ill patients," they said.
In early September, the NSW government released modelling conducted by the Burnett Institute which showed more than 550 COVID-positive patients would require an intensive care bed by early November.
But NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said daily infections were unlikely to top 2000 per day, and the state's 1550-bed ICU surge capacity was expected to bear the load of admissions.
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Deputy Premier John Barilaro assured South Coast communities those numbers took the regional hospital's ICU capacity into account.
"We also have secondary plans in the regions to transfer people to other hospitals as needed and that's the approach that we're doing," he said.
"We've also mobilized to have additional air services available to move people around when and if numbers rise in the region."
But he said getting vaccinated was the best way to support the healthcare system.
This week, data released by the Department of Health showed as of Tuesday, September 21, 60.1 per cent of shire residents aged 15-years and over had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network COORDINARE is confident a 100 per cent vaccination rate is achievable, if the combined efforts of the health workforce and the community continue.
The network expected most Local Government Areas in South Eastern NSW would pass the state government's 80 per cent double dose COVID vaccination target soon.