Residents roll up sleeves to receive vaccine

Limestone Coast residents are rolling up their sleeves to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with most postcodes in the region equal with or above the state average.

The Limestone Coast Local Health Network has administered 19,505 vaccines across the region, including more than 10,000 at the Mount Gambier clinic and over 1600 at the Millicent clinic.

Federal Department of Health data shows 22.3% of people aged 15 and over in the region are fully vaccinated, with other South Australian areas at between 20% and 30%.

Limestone Coast Local Health Network chief executive Ngaire Buchanan told The SE Voice the health network continued to experience high demand for vaccination.

Ms Buchanan added community members of the Limestone Coast were booking their appointments for vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

“Appointment availability is extremely dynamic and changes each day due to people making bookings, cancelling appointments or rescheduling,” Ms Buchanan said.

“We encourage people to regularly check the online booking system for new appointments or reschedule their appointment to an earlier date.”

The Limestone Coast Health Network has added additional appointments across the region from September and will continue to adjust appointments according to supply and demand.

According to the latest data on first doses per postcode the region’s postcodes are close to the state average. For a postcode to be considered on par with the state average, it is graded a score from 0 to 1, with 1 being the state average.

The data shows that Naracoorte has a first dose per postcode score of 1 and 1.1, Coonawarra 2.6, Kingston SE 1.3, Robe 1.5, Penola 1 and Millicent 1.2. Mount Gambier (5290) has a score of 1 and Port MacDonnell (5291) has a score of 0.6.

According to federal information on vaccine rates, 42.5% of people aged 15 and over have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the South East.

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