Getting vaccinated

South Australian 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 Australian Government Department of Health to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations in 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.

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.

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.

When South Australians will get the vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in phases across South Australia to ensure priority groups can access the vaccine.

The phases are as follows:

Phase 1a

  • Frontline at-risk health care workers including staff in GP respiratory clinics and COVID-19 testing facilities, ICU and emergency department staff and clinical and ancillary support staff (staff includes employees, volunteers, students and contractors)
  • Residential aged care and disability care staff
  • Residential aged care and disability care residents
  • Quarantine and airport workers

Phase 1b

  • Adults over 70 years
  • All other health care workers
  • Begin to vaccinate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
  • Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing

Phase 2a

  • Adults over 50 years
  • Continue vaccinating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Other critical and high risk workers.

Phase 2b

  • Balance of adult population
  • Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases.

Phase 3

  • Consideration of people under 16 years, based on further Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approvals and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advice.

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