Vaccination ‘on for young and old’

All South Australians aged 12 and over have become eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination as of Monday.

The move means that South Australia will become the first state in the nation to offer the Pfizer vaccine to anyone over 12 years of age.

Premier Steven Marshall said that, from Monday, children aged 12 to 15 and people aged 60 and over were able to book in for Pfizer vaccinations at state-run clinics.

“Throughout the pandemic, South Australians have stepped up to do their part in keeping the community safe and strong, including rolling up and getting vaccinated,” Premier Marshall said.

“We continue to see record numbers of people getting vaccinated and we expect that run rate to soar as more than 60,000 new appointments come online to get more lifesaving jabs into the arms of South Australians.

“Vaccination is our pathway out of the pandemic and there is absolutely no reason for South Australians to wait to book an appointment.”

The change to the rollout will see the Pfizer vaccine available to anyone over 12 years at SA Health clinics, while AstraZeneca will continue to be available to anyone 18 years or older with informed consent.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the government was determined to ensure that every South Australian has the opportunity to be vaccinated by the end of the year.

“We are making excellent progress with the vaccination rollout with 57% of South Australians having one dose, and more than 39% of the community fully vaccinated,” Minister Wade said.

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