COVID jabs start

The Limestone Coast’s first COVID-19 vaccinations started yesterday, with 65 healthcare workers immunised at the Mount Gambier Hospital. The initial vaccinations followed Mount Gambier becoming the state’s first regional vaccine storage hub with the installation of a 130,000-dose capacity vaccine freezer at the hospital last week.

Limestone Coast Local Health Network Medical Services Executive Director Dr Elaine Pretorius said receiving the vaccination was another important step to protect healthcare workers. “I am excited to roll up my sleeve to receive my COVID-19 vaccination alongside my fellow frontline healthcare workers from across the Limestone Coast Local Health Network,” she said.

“I know how important it is to vaccinate against a disease like COVID19 and this vaccine is just another way we as healthcare workers can protect ourselves, our loved ones and those most vulnerable to COVID-19.”

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the new $11,000 freezer was key to establishing Mount Gambier as a hub for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in the Limestone Coast. “This new specialised ultra-low temperature freezer is the first to be installed in regional South Australia and will ensure the strong progress of our vaccine roll out continues,” Minister Wade said.

“The freezer is designed to operate consistently at -70C, which is required to safely store the Pfizer vaccine.”

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