THE NT Government is expanding its ACWY Meningococcal vaccine program to include people in the urban Darwin area, aged 1 to 19.

Last year, it funded the vaccination of people aged 1 to 19 in urban and remote areas across Alice Springs, Barkley, Katherine, East Arnhem and rural Darwin.

However, after two cases of Meningococcal W in the Darwin area last month, the program will be expanded to ensure more Territorians are covered.

A woman from a remote Top End community near Darwin died last week, on August 2, after contracting meningococcal W.

The middle-aged woman, who was living in both Darwin and the remote community, became unwell on July 31 and was flown to Royal Darwin Hospital but passed away on August 2.

A second woman, in her 20s and living in the urban Darwin area, was also diagnosed with the disease last week but has since recovered and been discharged.

Prior to this, there were no cases of Men W in the Darwin urban area.

The cases are not believed to be related.

Ms Fyles said the expanded program would mean the majority of Territorians would now have access to the Meningococcal vaccination for free.