SA to run school COVID-19 vaccine hubs

New vax hubs will be able to deliver first or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to students in SA.
New vax hubs will be able to deliver first or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to students in SA.

Pop-up vaccination hubs will be established at more than 20 South Australian schools in a six-week blitz to boost COVID-19 immunisation numbers.

The program will begin later this month targeting selected high schools in both metropolitan Adelaide and regional centres.

The hubs will be able to deliver first or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to students, with those under 16 needing consent from their parents.

"It is fantastic to see the rollout expanded to provide greater accessibility to even more South Australians, providing an additional avenue for young people to access this vital vaccine," Premier Steven Marshall said.

"Every jab protects local jobs, gets us closer to easing restrictions, relaxing borders and ending statewide lockdowns.

"We are determined to do everything we can to keep up the pace of the vaccination roll out to ensure South Australians receive the best protection possible."

Health Minister Stephen Wade said school staff would be able to use the clinics, and their introduction followed SA becoming the first state to make the vaccine available to anyone 12 and above.

"These pop-up clinics will help more young people to get fully vaccinated before the end of the school year and before they reach their end-of-year celebrations," he said.

"As we move towards our vaccination targets it is crucial that we not only continue to build our statewide vaccination levels, but that we ensure strong vaccination rates across geographical and cultural cohorts across the state."

The school clinics are also expected to be open to local community members on weekends with SA Health and the education department already working on an expanded COVID-19 school vaccination program for 2022.

Australian Associated Press