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South Australia’s first drive-through vaccination clinic is opening today in the state’s northern suburbs at the SA Produce Market pop-up vaccination clinic in Pooraka.
The drive-through vaccination clinic will be open six days a week Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 7pm, helping boost the states vaccination efforts and joining the other 50 established vaccination clinics in SA.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said transforming the existing Pooraka ‘pop-up’ vaccination clinic into a new drive-through option is an exciting milestone in the push to reach 90 per cent of eligible South Australians vaccinated.
“It’s been around for almost a century and now the humble drive-through is serving up jabs. You can book or you can just drive right on in. Roll down your window and roll up your sleeve. It’s now that easy to get vaccinated,” said Wade.
“The drive-through has served us well during the pandemic, whether it be to facilitate contactless transactions with your grocery store, or as a safe testing clinic. Now you can get your life-saving vaccine without even leaving your car.”
After SA Health opened Australia’s first drive-through COVID testing clinic at the Repat in March last year, establishing a drive-through vaccination clinic is an organic progression to ensure Adelaidians remain safe.
“Drive-through vaccine clinics in Victoria and New South Wales have been popular and we hope families with children over 12 will see this as a more convenient and accessible way for the whole family to receive their vaccine,” continues Wade.
NALHN’s Director of Nursing Operations and COVID-19 Program Lead, Andrew McGill, said while vaccinations in the north were slow early, it is encouraging to see a boost in this area.
“The Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) has delivered more than 180,000 vaccinations to the community, with the Pooraka ‘pop-up’ administering more than 8,000 doses since it opened on 21 September,” said McGill .
“With borders reopening last week, now is not the time to take our foot off the brake. By opening the state’s first drive-through clinic in the north, we are hoping to drive up the vaccination rate as we get closer to Christmas.
“People are welcome to book in advance or just drop-in and we anticipate being able to facilitate up
to 250 bookings and more than 100 ‘drive-ins’ every day.”
Find SA Produce Market at Burma Road, PoorakaTuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm