Thu. May 19th, 2022

New SA Health data show that 47 Central Adelaide Local Health Network employees have been transferred to tasks where they do not want contact with patients with COVID-19.

From 1 November, all healthcare professionals at private and public hospitals in South Australia must have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and show proof of a reservation to get their second shot.

In the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, which includes Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth hospitals, 87 percent of workers have had their first dose.

At the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 77 percent have had their first dose, while 12 employees have moved to other wards.

Only 66 percent of Eyre and Far North Local Health Network staff have had their first dose, and only 57 percent are fully vaccinated.

Local health network

Dose 1 (percent)

Dose 2 (percent)

Number of employees was assigned to a patient pathway that is not COVID-19

Central Adelaide

87

80

47

Northern Adelaide

71

65

0

Southern Adelaide

89

85

0

Women and children

82

77

12

Barossa Hills Fleurieu

86

65

0

Flinders and Upper North

80

73

0

The limestone coast

88

82

0

Yorke and Northern

87

75

0

Riverland Mallee Coorong

80

63

0

Eyre and Far North

66

57

0

Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas said the figures were worrying.

He said Prime Minister Steven Marshall had originally said he did not support the mandatory vaccines.

“Still, I think about 40 hours later, [Police Commissioner] “Grant Stevens was out there issuing an order that there would be mandatory vaccination for people working in our hospital system, and that kind of inconsistent message undermines people’s confidence in the process,” Malinauskas said.

A sign in front of Port Lincoln Hospital
The lowest vaccination rates for healthcare professionals are in the Eyre Peninsula.(

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Health Minister Stephen Wade said he expected the introduction of a mandatory vaccine requirement would help increase rates, as it did in the elderly care sector.

“There were areas where there was hesitation,” he said.

“We worked with our staff, we informed them — what you see in both public services and non-governmental services is a vaccination rate of more than 99 percent in geriatric care.

“I have no doubt that the same will happen with health.”

Wade announced today that mobile COVID-19 vaccination wagons would be rolled out in southern Australia.

The fleet of 10 former ambulances will have the capacity to administer between 100 to 200 doses a day.

The program will also target culturally diverse communities and people with low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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