Port Lincoln pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens

VACCINE: Jenny and Brian Dawe from Port Lincoln receive their COVID-19 vaccinations from SA Health registered nurse Leanne Smith. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
VACCINE: Jenny and Brian Dawe from Port Lincoln receive their COVID-19 vaccinations from SA Health registered nurse Leanne Smith. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Older residents are being encouraged to book for their COVID-19 vaccination as a new pop-up clinic has opened in Port Lincoln as part of the statewide Phase 1B rollout.

The pop-up clinic opened in at the Port Lincoln on Monday, April 19 and will focus on residents more than 70-years-old as well as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people older than 55-years-old and people living with a disability more than 50-years-old.

This week the clinic will operate out of Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and will next week move to Port Lincoln Bowling Club, opening April 27 and operating the same times.

The clinic is providing the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Eyre and Far North Local Health Network chief executive officer Verity Paterson said the clinic would operate for two weeks with the aim of a more static clinic being based in Port Lincoln in the future.

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She said the network was happy to see the vaccines were being offered to those most vulnerable in the community, and any health providers who were not vaccinated previously, including dentists, physios and general practitioners, were invited to be vaccinated.

"We're really hoping people will take the opportunity to be vaccinated," she said.

"The more people vaccinated, the better off our whole community will be."

Port Lincoln residents Jenny and Brian Dawe were among the first people to be vaccinated at the clinic on Monday and said it was great to have the opportunity to receive the vaccination.

"We need to get the ball rolling, so people should 'roll up'," he said.

Residents who have had their flu vaccination in the last two weeks are advised the cannot have their COVID vaccination.

South Australian Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the SA Health community clinics were aimed at communities at risk of not being able to be vaccinated, especially in country areas.

"We are working with the Commonwealth Government on the rollout and are pleased that we can step in to bolster efforts to ensure that the vaccine reaches more community members in the regions where this further support is required," he said.

"We will continue to be nimble, assessing the need and investigating how we can keep supporting the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine across the state to ensure that every South Australian has access to the vaccine."

People will need to book online which they can do at https://healthengine.com.au/book-covid-19-vaccination/84996 for this week at the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council, or at https://healthengine.com.au/book-covid-19-vaccination/84997 for next week at the Port Lincoln Bowling Club.

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