Community can now make bookings

It begins: Darren Keenan from the KI Health Advisory Committee, Dr Philip Cohen from the KI Medical Clinic and director of nursing midwifery at the KI Health Service Katrina Seng with Local Health Network nurse Gabby on Tuesday morning. Photo: Stan Gorton

It begins: Darren Keenan from the KI Health Advisory Committee, Dr Philip Cohen from the KI Medical Clinic and director of nursing midwifery at the KI Health Service Katrina Seng with Local Health Network nurse Gabby on Tuesday morning. Photo: Stan Gorton

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 on June 8, to make the experience smooth and effortless for patients.

There were 62 residents vaccinated on the first day with 80 booked for the second day.

After filling in the paperwork - remember to take your Medicare cards - specially trained nurses from the health network are giving the vaccines in private booths.

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

The clinic has started with the Pfizer vaccine for people aged under 50, while administering the AstraZeneca vaccine will start 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 Kangaroo Island community can make a booking to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

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

"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," Ms Graham said.

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

Anyone aged 16 years 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.

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

Bookings can be made online at covidvaccine.sa.gov.auor by calling 0468 576 150 - operational 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Those needing assistance to book online can contact the Junction Community Centre.