A school-based immunisation program is set to be rolled out to selected schools across the state this term.
Pop-up vaccination hubs will be established at more than 20 schools later this month, including Clare High School, Port Augusta Secondary School, Kadina Memorial School and Stuart High School.
It is estimated that the program will provide vaccinations to thousands of young South Australians across the state, as part of a six-week blitz to administer first and second doses.
Premier Steven Marshall says the school vaccine program will target selected secondary schools across South Australia as part of the Government’s plan to get South Australia Covid-ready.
Last month, South Australia became the first state in the country to offer the Pfizer vaccine to anyone over 12 years of age.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the school immunisation program will be available to school staff and students aged 12 to 18 years old.
“During the school holidays, year 11 and 12 students aged 16 and over received priority walk-in access for their COVID-19 vaccination at several of our vaccination clinics, and now during the school term we are pivoting to bring the vaccine to local school communities,” says Mr Wade.
It is anticipated that schools will also run pop-up clinics on weekends so local community members in the area can also access the vaccination hub.
The Education Department already works closely with SA Health to deliver school immunisation programs.
All students under the age of 16 will need parent or guardian consent to receive their vaccination.
An expanded COVID-19 school immunisation program is being planned for 2022.
For more information, go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.