Half a million South Aussies have got their first jab

About 1.2 million South Australians are yet to receive their first dose of the vaccine.
About 1.2 million South Australians are yet to receive their first dose of the vaccine.

Over half a million South Australians have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade said the milestone was reached as the rollout continues to scale-up to provide South Australians with access to the vaccine.

"Our COVID-19 vaccine rollout is our doorway out of this pandemic and it's fantastic we've had half a million South Australians vaccinated," Mr Wade said.

"South Australians constantly step up to keep our state safe from this horrible disease, and it's fantastic news that half a million people have committed to getting the vaccine. It's very important that every single person who has had their first dose follows through and gets their follow-up second dose to maximise their protection.

"The Wayville clinic has been a great success - the clinic has continuously ramped up and this week will hit 100,000 vaccine doses at Wayville alone, an incredible achievement less than 12 weeks since the doors first opened.

"We will continue to do everything we can to help fast track the COVID-19 vaccination rollout and ensure we do all we can to get this vital vaccine into the arms of South Australians."

Two additional COVID-19 vaccine hubs will also open tomorrow with the clinics in Port Lincoln and Gawler offering both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

SA Health's Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, said that it's more important than ever for South Australians to roll-up to receive the life-saving vaccine.

"We currently have large outbreaks in other states, and this poses a real risk to South Australia despite our border restrictions," Professor Spurrier said.

"Getting our community vaccinated is the armour we need to protect ourselves against this virus - I urge all eligible South Australians to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones, the people they care about, and the wider community.

"Congratulations to the half a million people who have received their first dose, I remind them all how important it is to commit to getting their second dose too."

Selected regional, rural and remote pharmacies will also be able to administer the vaccine with up to 30 South Australian sites initially offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. More pharmacies will be coming online in the coming weeks and months.

pharmacists will also be readily available to assist with questions about the vaccine.

About 100 additional General Practice clinics across South Australia will start providing the Pfizer vaccine over the next month.

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