Vax rates trending up for region

JAB DONE: Clinical Nurse Hayley Stone getting her COVID-19 vaccination in March.
JAB DONE: Clinical Nurse Hayley Stone getting her COVID-19 vaccination in March.

Over half of the 15 and over population in Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Augusta have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while just under half have had their second.

Port Augusta leads the way with 62 per cent of its eligble community vaccinated, with Port Pirie (61 per cent) and Whyalla (60 per cent) following closely behind.

Of those with their first dose, 46 per cent are fully vaccinated in Port Augusta, with 45 per cent getting the second dose in Whyalla and 43 per cent in Port Pirie.

It comes as the Whyalla COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic plans to open 7 days at week from October 2, giving residents more flexibility for when the book their jab.

Whyalla Hospital Clinical Nurse Veronica de Kock said the clinic would extend its opening hours to accommodate bookings on weekends and offer an additional 360 appointments per week.

"There will be an extra 180 appointments available per day on Saturday and Sunday," she said.

"This is great news for the local community who will benefit from more flexibility and greater access to getting vaccinated, with the extended hours providing up to 1360 appointments per week.

"So far we have delivered more than 14,000 vaccines at the Whyalla vaccination clinic and we expect to see this number increase as more supply becomes available."

Currently the Whyalla vaccination clinic operates from Monday to Friday. From Saturday, October 2, the clinic will open to 7 days a week with the following opening hours:

  • Monday, 9am - 5pm
  • Tuesday, 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 12pm - 8.30pm
  • Thursday, 9am - 5pm
  • Friday, 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday, 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday, 9am - 5pm

People can book an appointment at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

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