South Australia’s third COVID-19 vaccine freezer arrived at Lyell McEwin Hospital in Elizabeth Vale today.
The freezer can store up to 280,000 doses and is designed to operate at the ultra-low temperature of -70 degrees Celsius, the temperature needed to safely store the Pfizer vaccine. Its addition marks a $15,000 investment into the health of South Australians.
SA Health clinics have already provided almost 2,000 doses in the first week of the vaccine rollout to frontline healthcare workers and medi-hotel and airport employees. Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade says vaccination accessibility will continue to grow.
“Our program will continue to expand as more vaccination hubs, such as this one at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, come online,” Wade says.
“We are pleased with the rollout of the vaccine so far.”
Director of Nursing at Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Andrew McGill, says the staff of Lyell McEwin Hospital is excited to get to work.
“We’ve had a huge amount of interest already from staff wanting to be involved in the vaccine rollout and we are determined to play our part in delivering these vaccines in a safe and efficient way,” he says.
In addition to Lyell McEwin Hospital, other SA vaccination hubs will be Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Riverland General Hospital in Berri, Mount Gambier Hospital, Whyalla Hospital, Port Pirie Hospital and Port Augusta Hospital.
Lyell McEwin Hospital is located on Haydown Road, Elizabeth Vale.