Vaccination rollout on track in Port Augusta

Vaccine rollout on average: Port Augusta rates are in line with the state average, but have been beaten by some surrounding council areas.
Vaccine rollout on average: Port Augusta rates are in line with the state average, but have been beaten by some surrounding council areas.

Port Augusta is on par with state averages in the COVID vaccine rollout.

Data released by the National Department of Health last week gives a glimpse into how the vaccine rollout is going in local government areas across the nation.

Port Augusta was in line with the state average, 0.4 per cent behind on first dose, but 1.7 per cent ahead in fully vaccinated.

Local rates are also ahead of the outer regional average classification as well as neighbouring cities of Port Pirie and Whyalla.

Angela McLachlan from the Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network (LHN) said the rollout had been going very well in the region.

"As of last Friday there had been in excess of 35,000 doses of vaccines given across the LHN including over 25,000 through our LHN clinics," she said.

"The Flinders and Upper North is on track to reach 80 per cent of people aged 12 years and older being vaccinated by December.

"On Monday we opened an additional 3000 appointments in our LHN clinics and that was in line with the expansion of the eligibility.

"If people were not able to book appointments previously they should absolutely be able to book in now.

"As of last Friday we are at 43 per cent of eligible people in the LHN being fully vaccinated, that is good but there is still a long way to go.

"There has never been a better time to be vaccinated."

See below for vaccine rates from around the region.

State Average:

  • 56.9 per cent first dose
  • 37.5 per cent fully vaccinated

Port Augusta:

  • 56.5 per cent first dose
  • 39.2 per cent fully vaccinated

Whyalla:

  • 54.4 per cent first dose
  • 38 per cent fully vaccinated

Flinders Ranges:

  • 66.7 per cent first dose
  • 44.8 per cent fully vaccinated

Mount Remarkable:

  • 57.4 per cent first dose
  • 31.8 per cent fully vaccinated

- Details: For information on vaccines, where to get vaccinated or to make a booking for a vaccination visit the SA Health website on www.sahealth.sa.gov.au