Kangaroo Island residents committed to COVID vaccinations, testing

SECOND DOSE: Kangaroo Island journalist Stan Gorton and his dog Twiggy after getting his second COVID-19 vaccinatoon last month.
SECOND DOSE: Kangaroo Island journalist Stan Gorton and his dog Twiggy after getting his second COVID-19 vaccinatoon last month.

SA Health is pleased with the response by Kangaroo Island residents to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 3500 vaccination doses have been delivered on Kangaroo Island to date, while testing also increased during the recent lockdown.

Director of nursing and midwifery at Kangaroo Island Health Service, Katrina Seng said throughout this pandemic, Islanders had continuously demonstrated their commitment to prioritising their health and looking after each other.

And the past few weeks have been no exception.

"Our Kangaroo Island Health Service staff have also shown their ongoing commitment to keeping residents of the Island safe and healthy, with many playing their part to provide COVID-19 vaccines and carry out tests," Ms Seng said.

"Our staff pitched in to enable our testing clinic to expand from three days to six days during the recent lockdown.

"The team carried out 204 tests during this time, compared to an average of 80 tests before lockdown came into place.

VACCINE DELIVERY: Vaccination roll-out on Kangaroo Island has been a joint effort between SA Health and the local health service, the Local Health Network and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

VACCINE DELIVERY: Vaccination roll-out on Kangaroo Island has been a joint effort between SA Health and the local health service, the Local Health Network and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Kangaroo Island Health Service has also supported the vaccination roll-out on the Island, together with SA Health, the Local Health Network and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

"I can proudly say 62 staff are fully vaccinated, and 105 have received their first dose," Ms Seng said.

"Most of our aged care residents are fully vaccinated, with all residents being offered the vaccine.

"We are pleased to have administered more than 3500 doses on Kangaroo Island to date, and we anticipate this number will continue to increase as more supply becomes available."

The vaccination clinic will return on August 11-12 for further Pfizer second doses and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will start on September 20.

"I want to congratulate our staff for always stepping up to help in times of need and I know the appreciation of our staff's hard work is also shared across the Kangaroo Island community," she said.

SA Health says the returning clinic blocks will be for second doses only, and anyone who changes their mind about getting vaccinated will, at this stage, have to go to the mainland.

"Anyone who elected not to receive their first dose of the vaccine during the first dose blocks on the Island and would now like to be vaccinated should visit covidvaccine.sa.gov.au to find their closest clinic and book their appointment."

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