This morning SA Health have followed Victoria’s lead, lowering the age at which you can receive the COVID-19 vaccination in South Australia.
South Australia opens up vaccinations to all 40-49 year olds, while also extending access to the Pfizer vaccine to all disability workers and the arrival of the vaccine in Kangaroo Island for anyone aged 16 years or older.
SA Health shared the news on their Facebook page, stating:
“All people aged 40 – 49 years are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccination clinics are open in Noarlunga, Elizabeth, Wayville, North Adelaide and many regional locations.
To make your booking, go to https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au
#RollUpSA to protect yourself, your loved ones and our community.”
This follows on from SA Health dropping the age requirement in regional SA to just 16 on May 25.
Those aged 16 and over can go to any vaccination clinics in country areas are able to present for COVID-19 vaccinations. Proof of regional residency is required.
This news comes in addition to another major milestone in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with the Kangaroo Island community soon to have access to their vaccine close to home through a partnership between the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network and the Kangaroo Island Council.
Premier Steven Marshall said giving every South Australian access to the vaccine was a key priority for the Government, and the State Budget investment would ensure the South Australian rollout would continue to be agile and able to pivot where needed to maximise the rollout.
“My Government has a strong plan to protect South Australians from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 and the vaccination program is our doorway out of the pandemic, so we want to ensure that every single South Australian has access to it as soon as safely possible,” said Premier Marshall.
“This $86 million investment will mean SA Health will have the resources they need to be able to pivot where required to get this vital vaccine into the arms of South Australians.
“Today’s announcement that we are rolling out to all 40-49 year olds and disability workers builds on recent access provided for regional South Australians and Residential Aged Care Facility workers.
“South Australia’s health and economic response to the pandemic has led the world, and we will continue to scale up the state’s vaccine rollout in a way that maximises our vaccine supplies, protects South Australians and aligns with the latest health advice.”
Professor Nicola Spurrier, Chief Public Health Officer, welcomed the expansion of the vaccination program.
“The more people who get vaccinated, the safer our community will be,” said Professor Spurrier.
“National Cabinet has expanded the vaccination program and I encourage everyone within the newly eligible cohorts to get vaccinated as soon as they can.
“We’ve seen a big uptake in the number of people getting vaccinated in Victoria since their outbreak began. To avoid the queues and the same thing happening here, I would encourage everyone who is eligible to book in now.
“The sooner you roll up to get vaccinated, the sooner you and your loved ones will be protected.
The first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all people living in Australia.