Port Lincoln High School part of vaccination blitz

BLITZ: Port Lincoln High School will be part of a COVID-19 vaccination blitz across the state this term. Photo: Shutterstock
BLITZ: Port Lincoln High School will be part of a COVID-19 vaccination blitz across the state this term. Photo: Shutterstock

Port Lincoln High School will be part of a school-based COVID-19 vaccine program being rolled out this term.

The school is one of 18 across South Australia confirmed as being involved in the school-based immunisation program which will give young people greater access to a COVID vaccine.

The state government said that pop-up vaccination hubs would be established at more than 20 schools from later this month as part of a six-week blitz to administer first and second doses, with thousands of young South Australians expected to receive a vaccination.

Port Lincoln High School is the only school on Eyre Peninsula that has been announced as part of the rollout.

Premier Steven Marshall said the program would target selected secondary schools across South Australia as part of the state government's plan to get South Australia COVID-ready.

"It is fantastic to see the rollout expanded to provide greater accessibility to even more South Australians, providing an additional avenue for young people to access this vital vaccine," he said.

"Every jab protects local jobs, gets us closer to easing restrictions, relaxing borders and ending statewide lockdowns.

"We are determined to do everything we can to keep up the pace of the vaccination roll out to ensure South Australians receive the best protection possible."

Health Minister Stephen Wade said the school immunisation program would be available to school staff and students aged 12 to 18.

"During the school holidays, year 11 and 12 students aged 16 and over received priority walk-in access for their COVID-19 vaccination at several of our vaccination clinics, and now during the school term we are pivoting to bring the vaccine to local school communities," he said.

"These pop-up clinics will help more young people to get fully vaccinated before the end of the school year and before they reach their end of year celebrations.

"As we move towards our vaccination targets it is crucial that we not only continue to build our statewide vaccination levels, but that we ensure strong vaccination rates across geographical and cultural cohorts across the state."

It is anticipated that schools will also run pop-up clinics on weekends so local community members can also access the vaccination hub.

All students under the age of 16 will need parent or guardian consent to receive their vaccination.