Kangaroo Island community can now make COVID-19 vaccination bookings

The Kangaroo Island COVID-19 vaccination clinic opened smoothly at the Kingscote Town Hall on Tuesday morning.

A team of nurses, logistics specialists and administrators from the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network set in place procedures.

There were 62 residents vaccinated on the first day and 80 booked in on the second day.

After filling in paperwork, remember to bring your Medicare cards, specially trained nurses from the health network gave the vaccines in private booths.

Afterwards, there is a 15-minute observation time and a questionnaire to fill out.

The clinic has started with the Pfizer vaccine for under 50s, while the AstraZeneca vaccines will start to be administered on June 24.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service team will arrive next week to assist the Local Health Network with the roll-out.

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The Pfizer vaccine, while requiring sub 90 degree temperatures for long term storage, was able to be kept at lower temperatures at the KI Hospital as needed for the local roll-out campaign.

There is also now a free bus shuttle from all parts of the Island to bring people to the clinic. Brochures have gone out with the details and timetables or call Colin at KI 24/7 charters on 0473 672 139 to get your free ride into Kingscote.

The Kangaroo Island community can now make a booking to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network CEO Rebecca Graham said the vaccination team would start delivering the COVID-19 vaccine from Tuesday, June 8 at the Kingscote Town Hall.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will bring the vaccine and be supporting the vaccination program on the ground with a team of authorised immunisation nurse specialists.

Anyone aged 16 year and over living on Kangaroo Island is eligible to receive the vaccination.

As per the National Cabinet/ATAGI advice, the Pfizer vaccine will be available for anyone aged 16 to 49 years and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be available for people aged 50 years and over.

The first block of vaccinations is from June 8 to July 20 for first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccines and first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines.

The second block is expected to run from September 20 to October 4 to provide the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine to residents.

Bookings can be made online at covidvaccine.sa.gov.au

I encourage the Kangaroo Islanders to book in and roll up when it is their turn to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community.

Those who have had the flu vaccine will need to allow 14 days before having their COVID-19 vaccine.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will deliver and help administer 3500 COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines to Kangaroo Island. Photo supplied

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will deliver and help administer 3500 COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines to Kangaroo Island. Photo supplied


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