Vaccine clinic earmarked for region

By Brett Kennedy

OVER 1200 Limestone Coast residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine since the state’s rollout started, with Mount Gambier earmarked for a new community vaccination clinic this month.

The State Government has committed to establishing a community clinic in Mount Gambier as part of SA Health’s targeted response to regional communities at risk of not being able to be vaccinated.

Details of the additional clinic remain unknown while the process is finalised, including a start date.

Limestone Coast Local Health Network chief executive Ngaire Buchanan (pictured) revealed preparations were underway to help deliver vaccines to emergency services personnel, with a visiting service among the measures floated to address large numbers with organisations such as the Country Fire Service and State Emergency Service.

Looking ahead to the peak Easter long weekend holiday period, Ms Buchanan urged residents and visitors to remain on alert regarding COVID-19, including the monitoring of symptoms and accessing testing if required.

“COVID has not gone away, we’ve only just started our vaccination program here in SA,” Ms Buchanan said.

“The main thing is to keep alert where you’ve been and keep alert to any mild symptoms, get yourself tested and isolate until you get the test back,” she said.

Limestone Coast Police will continue to monitor COVID restriction compliance over the long weekend, including QR Code use.

“People still need to operate within what the restrictions are and if they’re unsure they can check on the government COVID-19 website to get all the up to date information,” Limestone Coast Police operations manager Inspector Campbell Hill said.