Boosting immunity to Covid

BOOSTER SHOTS: Minister Stephen Wade said frontline workers vaccine booster shots are available now.

COVID-19 booster shots are now available for South Australian frontline workers, aged care and disability residents, as the federal government rolls out its Covid-19 booster vaccination program – with the general public eligible for a booster shot from December 1.

Minister for health and wellbeing Stephen Wade said booster doses would be available from today for frontline workers who received their vaccinations as part of phase 1A when the rollout first began, including frontline hospital, GP and testing clinic staff, medi-hotel and quarantine pathway workers, aged and disability care staff and residents.

“Frontline workers and vulnerable aged care and disability residents were the first to roll up their sleeves to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community and we are ensuring they have priority access to booster doses of the vaccine,” Mr Wade said.

“Priority access to the booster doses will give this at-risk cohort increased protection before Covid-19 enters our state and helps our essential frontline workers to continue to perform their vital roles, while providing an extra layer of protection to those they come into contact with.

“Eligible workers and aged care and disability residents will be able to walk-in to any SA Health vaccination clinic to receive their booster dose.”

Frontline staff will need to show their employee identification at the clinic or they can book an appointment online.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said booster doses will be administered for free from a variety of locations across Barker with in-reach clinics being used in relation to local residential aged care facilities.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has recommended the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine be preferred for the booster dose – irrespective of what vaccine a person received for their primary course of vaccination.