SA Health prepares to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11

SA HEALTH TWEET: The paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 is one third of a dose compared to the vaccine for people 12 and over - SA Health posted on Twitter

SA HEALTH TWEET: The paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 is one third of a dose compared to the vaccine for people 12 and over - SA Health posted on Twitter

Children around South Australia will be getting vaccinated in the lead up to the start of the school term at the end of the month.

SA Health says the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 is one third of a dose compared to the vaccine for people 12 and over.

Children 5 to 11 will receive two doses of vaccine, eight weeks apart.

For more information, visit the SA Health website page on paediatric vaccinations.

Meanwhile it was confirmed to The Islander that the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network is preparing to introduce additional training to vaccinate 5-11 year olds.

Vaccination technicians trained in vaccinating children will attend the new larger clinic on Kangaroo Island later this month.

SA Education forward plan for COVID published on December 23.

SA Education forward plan for COVID published on December 23.

The SA Department of Education has not updated its COVID-19 forward plan on its website since November 23.

By December 11 people working education and early childhood settings were required to have received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine.

But the website does not yet state a policy on student vaccination.

The state government meanwhile announced on Friday, January 6 that it was opening an extra vaccination clinic at Mile End in Adelaide.

It also announced that Rapid Antigen Tests or RATS would be made free, with the data being included in statewide COVID figures. See the announcement in the video below:

More people will be able to access COVID-19 booster vaccinations, with the opening of a new pop-up vaccination clinic at the Netball SA's stadium at Mile End on Wednesday 12 January.

Premier Steven Marshall said the site is centrally located and will play a key role in providing the important third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to help combat Omicron.

"Boosting your immunity by getting a third jab is the best thing you can do for your own health, the health of your family, friends and the broader community," Mr Marshall said.

"The Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire around the globe and increasing the booster vaccination rate in concert with mask wearing, social distancing measures and testing and contact tracing is vital to controlling its spread.

"The third dose will provide the best available defence against the Omicron variant, which we know shows immune escape compared to previous variants.

"The Mile End clinic will offer Moderna, and South Australians who have had their second dose of any vaccine at least four months ago are strongly encouraged to roll up their sleeve for this booster."

The clinic will be for boosters only and will initially have the capacity to vaccinate up to 5,000 people a week, increasing to 15,000 per week in coming weeks.

Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, said the new clinic will provide much needed additional capacity for people to receive their important third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

"The Omicron variant is driving the current large wave of cases across our state, and getting a third dose into the arms of all eligible South Australians will have an immediate impact on the health and safety of individuals, their families and the community," Professor Spurrier said.

"South Australians who have had their second vaccine dose four months ago are now eligible for their third dose and should make an appointment today.

"Data from around the world is showing three doses are needed to provide enhanced protection against transmission and serious illness from Omicron."

The Mile End vaccination clinic will be open seven days a week from 8am to 4pm.

The clinic is bookings-only for people over 18 years. Online bookings will be open from today (Friday).

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