COVID-19 vaccine given to elderly, frontline workers on Kangaroo Island

VACCINE TIME: Kangaroo Island Health Service associate nurse unit manager Helen Hall with Emily Stevens. Photo supplied
VACCINE TIME: Kangaroo Island Health Service associate nurse unit manager Helen Hall with Emily Stevens. Photo supplied

The COVID-19 vaccination team from Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network visited Kangaroo Island last week to commence vaccinations for frontline health staff, emergency workers and aged care residents.

A spokesperson for the health network said a total of 124 AstraZeneca vaccinations were administered, including 58 emergency workers, 37 health workers and 29 aged care residents.

A pleasing 92 per cent of aged care residents across the Barossa Hills Fleurieu region have now received their first vaccination dose, including Kangaroo Island locals at aged care facilities.

PROTECTED: Kangaroo Island Health Service associate nurse unit manager Helen Hall gives the COVID-19 vaccine to Bob Patterson. Photo supplied

PROTECTED: Kangaroo Island Health Service associate nurse unit manager Helen Hall gives the COVID-19 vaccine to Bob Patterson. Photo supplied

Among those receiving their vaccination from Kangaroo Island Health Service associate nurse unit manager Helen Hall were Emily Stevens and Bob Patterson.

Details of about exactly when and where the general public vaccination centre on KI will open in the next few weeks had not yet been released.

The current arrangement is that the AstraZeneca vaccine will be available for those over 50 years of age, while those under 50 will receive the Pfizer vaccine when it becomes available.

In other health news, the follow-up Master Planning community consultation for the KI Health Service took place last Thursday.

This meeting shared the findings from the February community consultation and work undertaken to inform a Master Plan for the provision of health services on KI.

Options for the refurbishment, rebuilding or expansion of the KI Hospital are being considered.

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