South Australians are set to gain even greater access to the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, with a brand new pop-up vaccination clinic opening at the Myer Centre in Rundle Mall from Tuesday 14 September.
The pop-up clinic will offer both appointments and walk-ins. Bookings are now open for the 1,000 doses of the vaccine available at the clinic each week.
The announcement is part of the SA Government’s scaling up of the vaccination program as increased supplies come through from the Commonwealth.
A record number of vaccinations were delivered in August and additional appointments are being brought online for September.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said South Australians are being urged not to delay booking their COVID-19 vaccination.
“We have just seen our biggest month of vaccinations during August with more than 418,000 doses delivered and we are building on this momentum throughout September,” said Minister Wade.
“Additional appointments continue to become available across SA Health vaccination clinics providing even more South Australians access to the vaccine but supply is still not meeting demand.
“Today we announce a pop-up clinic in Level 3 of the Myer Centre in Rundle Mall from 14 September, making the vaccine readily available to those who work in or visit the city.
“It is so important for South Australians to take every opportunity to book in to receive both their first and second dose of the vaccine and we are continuing to open up additional appointments across the entire state across September.
“More than 1.3 million doses of the vaccine have been provided to South Australians in total and more than 35 percent of eligible South Australians are now fully vaccinated.
“These numbers will continue to increase with the boost of vaccine across our State this month, supported by the State Government opening pop up clinics, extending mobile vaccination units and adding even more appointments at our existing clinics.”
In addition to opening the CBD pop-up clinic next week, the Enfield Vaccination Clinic, which was initially established as a dedicated facility for aged care staff, will be opened up to the wider community in the coming days..
The scale up comes as SA Health is encouraging South Australians to follow through and receive their second dose of the vaccine to get the best possible protection from the virus.
Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier said data indicates around 29,000 people had not followed through and received their second dose of vaccine.
“The outbreak in New South Wales has shown that anyone of any age can get very sick with the Delta strain and we are doing everything we can to ensure South Australians can be protected with the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Professor Spurrier .
“There are now more opportunities than ever before to book in your vaccination appointments and I really encourage people to visit our website to book both first and second dose appointments.
“While over 90 percent of vaccinated South Australians have received both doses on time, there are almost 30,000 people who have received one dose and are now overdue for their second.
“It is just as important to get the second dose of the vaccine to ensure you have the highest level of protection against COVID-19. We can all work arm in arm to roll up and get vaccinated to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community from this sneaky virus.”
Planning is also underway for a pop up clinic in the northern suburbs and mobile vaccination clinics reaching out into the community. The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Mobile Clinic has already started visiting community centres across the southern suburbs with clinics held across Hackham West and Christie Downs this week and Marion and Aberfoyle next week.
South Australians can book in for a vaccination at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine