Dose rate on rise

Fleurieu residents are being encouraged to make use of the COVID-19 vaccination appointments available as data shows a steady increase in those getting their jabs. Photo: Dani Brown.
Fleurieu residents are being encouraged to make use of the COVID-19 vaccination appointments available as data shows a steady increase in those getting their jabs. Photo: Dani Brown.

Fleurieu residents are being encouraged to make use of the COVID-19 vaccination appointments available as data shows a steady increase in those getting their jabs.

According to the federal Department of Health's latest data, as at September 12, 63.7 per cent of Alexandrina council district residents had received its first dose, compared to 73.5pc of City of Victor Harbor residents and 64.6pc of District Council of Yankalilla residents.

The percentage of those who had received their second dose were 46.2pc for Alexandrina, 53.5pc for Victor Harbor, and 42.3pc for Yankalilla.

These statistics are all higher than the statewide data, which was 59.91pc for first dose received and 41.19pc for second dose received, as at September 13.

Rebekah Haythorpe, who is the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network (BHFLHN) COVID-19 Vaccination South Project Lead, said it was pleasing to have had so many vaccinations administered at clinics across the Southern Fleurieu so far.

"We have seen increased uptake of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Victor Harbor clinic since extending vaccine eligibility to more age groups," she said.

"This is a good sign that people are rolling up their sleeve to get vaccinated so they can keep themselves, their loved ones and community safe."

Recently the Victor Medical Centre joined the Victor Harbor Vaccination Hub in being able to administer Pfizer vaccines to eligible patients, resulting in more opportunities for people to get their jabs.

"We continue to monitor capacity and supply according to community demand and would like to remind the community to regularly check the website for new appointments if they haven't yet made a booking," Ms Haythorpe said.

"We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible, wear masks wherever possible, QR code check-in, stay home if unwell and get tested immediately if showing any COVID-19 symptoms."

This week, Premier Steven Marshall announced that any South Australian aged 12 years and over was eligible to book a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination.

Further, any South Australian in year 11 or 12 and aged 16 years or over could access priority walk-in access at the SA Health-run Victor Harbor clinic, as long as they call before attending.

"This new initiative will help further ensure students are able to be fully vaccinated before exams and other crucial times of their studies," he said.

Residents are able to book an appointment at their nearest vaccine clinic by visiting www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine or by calling the booking line, which is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, on 0468 576 150.