Pfizer vaccine approved for people aged 16 and over in SA

Early this morning an announcement came through from health authorities that the Pfizer vaccine will now become available to a new age bracket.

In an announcement early this morning, health authorities opened up the eligibility for Pfizer vaccines to a new age bracket in South Australia.

From next Monday, all South Australians aged 16 to 39 will now be able to book a vaccination appointment at SA Health operated sites to receive their Pfizer vaccine.

This now means that those under 60 are able to receive both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccinations.

The approval will see a further 127,000 booking times open up in September and October to accomodate for what is expected to be a rush of appointments from young people.

This announcement comes following a mix up on Monday 9 August with a clinic in Highgate which saw hundreds of people under 40 able to make a booking for their Pfizer vaccine.

News spread quickly of the glitch in the system, and within minutes saw the month of August fully booked out before authorities became aware and rectified the mistake.

Since this morning’s announcement, all those who had made a booking in this period for their Pfizer vaccine received a text notifying them their booking will still stand.

Premier Steven Marshall commented on the announcement on LinkedIn saying: “Vaccination is our pathway out of the pandemic and we are determined to ensure everyone has access to the vaccine as soon as possible to keep our state safe and economy strong”.

Stay tuned for me information on the announcement in today’s press conference.

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