Kangaroo Island tops South Australia COVID vaccination rate at 90 per cent single dose

 FIRST VAX: Pictured in June after their first vaccinations at Kingscote are Dr Philip Cohen from the KI Medical Clinic, director of nursing midwifery at the KI Health Service Katrina Seng and Darren Keenan from the KI Health Advisory Committee. File photo
FIRST VAX: Pictured in June after their first vaccinations at Kingscote are Dr Philip Cohen from the KI Medical Clinic, director of nursing midwifery at the KI Health Service Katrina Seng and Darren Keenan from the KI Health Advisory Committee. File photo

Kangaroo Island residents are being reminded to get their COVID-19 vaccinations as the vaccine rollout moves into the final phase on the Island from next week.

It comes as figures show Kangaroo Island has achieved some of the highest vaccination rates in South Australia, with up to 90 percent of people aged 16 and over having received their first dose of the vaccine and 58 percent fully vaccinated.

After previously reporting an 85 per cent first dose rate yesterday September 29, the state government says taking into account vaccination booking made through the Kangaroo Island Medical Clinic, that number will be closer to 90 per cent.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade said taking the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out to Kangaroo Island had made it easier for residents to roll up their sleeves and receive the vaccine.

The minister visited Kangaroo Island on Wednesday, September 29 to attend mental health workshops organised in the wake of the bushfires.

FIRST VACCINES: In one of the first COVID vaccinations on KI back in May, Kangaroo Island Health Service associate nurse unit manager Helen Hall administers the vaccine to resident Emily Stevens. File photo

FIRST VACCINES: In one of the first COVID vaccinations on KI back in May, Kangaroo Island Health Service associate nurse unit manager Helen Hall administers the vaccine to resident Emily Stevens. File photo

Vaccinations started on Kangaroo Island back in May 2021 when the COVID-19 vaccination team from Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network commenced vaccinations for frontline health staff, emergency workers and aged care residents.

But back then it was unclear how the general public on Kangaroo Island was going to be vaccinated without going to the mainland, with some frustration and angst among the community.

But then a plan was put in place with the vaccination clinic set up at the Kingscote Town Hall, with doses administered by both the health service and at one point the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Since then the state government has been really pleased with the uptake by the general population on Kangaroo Island.

"Here on Kangaroo Island, it's been great to see the strong uptake of the vaccine," Mr Wade said.

"Throughout the vaccine roll-out, it has been our priority to make sure the community can access the vital vaccine close to home.

"Since launching the only COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Kangaroo Island in June, we have delivered more than 5400 doses of the vaccine to the community.

"Kangaroo Island now has one of the highest vaccination rates in South Australia, and we are determined to boost these numbers even higher in the coming weeks by ensuring residents have every opportunity to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

"The final phase of the vaccine roll-out on Kangaroo Island will commence next month for second doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca, and we expect more than 120 children aged 12 to 15 years old to be fully vaccinated by the second week of October.

"We are making it as easy as possible for South Australians to get their vaccination as part of our strong COVID-19 transition plan, so we can keep our community safe and our economy strong."

Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network (BHFLHN) acting chief executive officer, Kylie Williams said Kangaroo Island's vaccination clinic would move into its final phase so residents should not hesitate to get the vaccine on the Island while they still can.

"We have received an excellent response from the Kangaroo Island community in rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated since launching our COVID-19 clinics in early June," Ms Williams said.

"Our vaccination staff have done an outstanding job in providing this important service to the community at each phase of the roll-out and keeping Islanders safe and protected against COVID-19."

This story KI tops SA vaccination rate at 90 per cent single dose first appeared on The Islander.

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