Five new clinics to administer COVID-19 vaccines have opened across South Australia in a major escalation of its rollout.
Clinics opened on Wednesday at an Adelaide ambulance centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital as well as in Mt Gambier and Port Pirie.
“Opening five new clinics in one day is a milestone day, putting us in good stead to escalate the vaccination of frontline healthcare staff and quarantine and border workers,” Health Minister Stephen Wade said.
“Given the scale and complexity of the operation in front of us, it is great news that we now have more than 10 vaccination clinics online throughout our state.”
SA has also begun vaccinating people with a disability as well as their frontline carers.
More than 1400 people, including residents and staff in state government-run disability accommodation, will receive jabs over the next three weeks.
Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the disability sector was a high priority group in the first phase.
“We are working quickly to ensure we administer the COVID-19 vaccine to our most vulnerable South Australians first so they are protected against the virus,” she said.
SA Health reported one new coronavirus case on Wednesday, a man in his 30s who recently returned from overseas.
He remains in hotel quarantine.
Authorities continue to be concerned over recent positive COVID-19 results from wastewater testing in central Adelaide.
They have called for anyone who visited the CBD over the past week to immediately get checked even for the mildest symptoms.
So far 4274 vaccinations have been administered in SA but that doesn’t include the number provided by the federal government to people in the aged care sector.
SA originally hoped to administer 12,000 doses by the end of this week.