COVID-19

SA kids roll up their sleeves, as more appointments added

SA kids aged five to 11 years old are now eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as thousands more appointments are added.

All South Australian children aged five to 11 years old are now eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a majority of clinics across the state, as thousands of more appointments are added to the system today.

Premier Steven Marshall said with children set to return to school at the end of January, there has never been a more crucial time for younger South Aussies to roll up their sleeves to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the entire state.

“From this week, we are opening an extra 2,000 appointments for children per week at Wayville and will be reaching out to GPs and pharmacists to offer an extra 10,000 doses for them to administer at their sites,” Premier Marshall said.

“This means more jabs in the arms of our youngest South Australians.

“With school set to go back at the end of January, vaccinating our estimated 148,253 children aged five to 11 is a key focus

“South Australians have done a fantastic job of rolling up their sleeve, with almost 90% of South Australians aged 12 and over fully vaccinated.

“On Friday, our first delivery of the initial 30,000 childhood vaccine doses from the Commonwealth were received, which have begun to be distributed to more than 30 dedicated vaccination clinics across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

“It is great to see so many families have already booked their children in for a COVID-19 vaccine, with approximately 52,000 children’s vaccines appointments booked so far for first and second dose,” Premier Marshall said.

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said vaccination is the best way to reduce a child’s risk of becoming seriously unwell if diagnosed with COVID-19.

“Approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) was based on a careful evaluation of available data to support its safety and efficacy among this age group,” Professor Spurrier said.

“Parents, carers and guardians can be reassured that by vaccinating their children against COVID- 19 they have done everything possible to keep their child safe from this virus, particularly with emergence of the new Omicron variant.

“Children will receive two doses of the vaccine, eight weeks apart, with each dose for children one third of the dose for people aged 12 years and over.”

Depending on the size of the clinic, some will be set up with a specific area set aside for children, with many having newly produced books for children to read while waiting, plus a colourful and easy-to-read explanation of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Fun stickers will be also distributed to children at most clinics, with all children receiving a specifically designed and illustrated ‘vaccinated superhero’ certificate after receiving their second dose”, Professor Spurrier said.

Many GPs and pharmacists will also be offering children’s vaccinations.

Parents wanting to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for their children at one of the dedicated clinics are encouraged to keep an eye on the website as more appointments become available in coming days and weeks.

For more and information and to book visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccinechildren

State clinics offering the five to 11 years old appointments:

  • Bordertown Memorial Hospital
  • Ceduna Memorial Hospital
  • Clare Pfizer Clinic
  • Cleve Institute
  • Cowell Bowling Club
  • Elizabeth Vaccination Clinic at Playford Civic Centre
  • Enfield Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic
  • Gawler Mass Vaccination Pfizer Clinic
  • Hawker Memorial Hospital
  • Kimba Institute
  • Lock Clinic
  • Mount Barker Vaccination Clinic
  • Mount Gambier Central Shopping Centre
  • Murray Bridge Wellness and Lifestyle Centre
  • Naracoorte Health Service
  • Noarlunga Centre Vaccination Centre
  • Penola War Memorial Hospital
  • Pooraka pop-up community vaccination clinic
  • Port Augusta Hospital
  • Port Lincoln state clinic
  • Port Pirie Vaccination Hub
  • Quorn Hospital
  • Riverland Central Plaza clinic
  • Roxby Downs Health Service
  • Streaky Bay Institute
  • Tintinara Community Health Care Centre
  • Victor Harbor Vaccination Hub
  • Wallaroo Pfizer
  • Wayville Vaccination Clinic
  • Whyalla Hospital Clinic
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital Vaccination Clinic

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