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Double vaccination mandated for visitors announced for public hospitals

Public hospitals and other public health services will now require proof of vaccination from visitors as of today, December 7.

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Public hospitals and other public health services will now require proof of vaccination from visitors as of today, December 7, with visiting hours for patients reduced to two hours at a time.

The local health network and public hospitals can approve certain instances, such as visiting paediatric patients, longer visiting hours.

All visitors entering health care services and hospitals must also provide proof they have received a COVID-19 vaccination unless the individual is 12 and under or has a medical exemption.

The new regulations and public health guidelines, issued by SA Health last night, will also see the unvaccinated be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when visiting the public health services and hospitals. SA Health has stated that in most this will be a face mask and eyewear while seeing vulnerable patients may also require wearing gloves and gowns. The hospitals and services will provide PPE to those who require it on arrival.

Unvaccinated individuals will also have to return a negative COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours prior to entering the hospital, and routinely if visiting the location regularly. 

 SA Health has not announced that the decision follows as a result of the state’s COVID cases. The current COVID situation unfolding in SA has seen the Norwood cluster grow over the past fortnight, with the state’s current active cases sitting at 45, 25 of which derive from the cluster. 

At the time of writing, 90.3 per cent of South Australian’s have received their first dose of a TGA-approved COVID vaccination, a major milestone achieved in SA’s vaccination race. A total of 82.1 per cent of South Australian’s are also fully vaccinated. 

In other national COVID news, The TGA gave the green tick for Pfizer for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The rollout is expected to commence as early as January 10, 2022. The Federal Government hopes that this move will see most school children have received their first vaccination dose before the new school year begins.

The restrictions announced by SA Health last night are the latest implemented by government organisations and major venues stating that visitors and staff must provide proof of vaccination to enter the location.

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