COVID-19 vaccination program

Making safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available to all South Australians is a key priority for SA Health throughout 2021.

SA Health is working closely with the Commonwealth Department of Health to develop an implementation plan for South Australia in line with the Vaccine Roadmap announced by the Federal Government.

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout will be complex and vastly different from how vaccination programs are normally administered, ensuring the vaccine is available for every single South Australian.

It is expected that the vaccine will first be made available to South Australians incrementally from mid- February.

As doses will initially be limited, access to vaccines during the early period of the roll out will be made available to those who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID 19 or who have the highest risk of being exposed to, or spreading, the virus.

The first phase will include residents and staff of aged and disability care facilities, medi-hotel and airport staff, and health care workers working in high risk exposure and transmission areas, such as COVID testing clinics and emergency departments.

The program will take several months to roll out, with vaccination of the general population expected to begin from mid-2021. Two doses of vaccine are required for each person, extending the time it will take for every South Australian to be adequately immunised against the virus.

Significant planning has been underway for some time to determine how and where the vaccine will be distributed and administered in South Australia.

SA Health is committed to providing all South Australians who wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with access to safe and effective vaccines as soon as possible.

Once a safe and effective vaccine is available in Australia, this will only be one part of keeping the community safe and healthy. It is important to continue to practice good hygiene, practice physical distancing, and getting tested and staying home when sick.

For more information visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.