SA government to make Pfizer available to anyone aged 12 and over in bid to boost vaccination rates

60,000 new vaccination appointments will be available online from Monday.  (Supplied: WA Health)

Pfizer vaccinations will be available from next week to South Australians aged 60 and over who have previously only been eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

The South Australian Government has become the first state to open up Pfizer eligibility to anyone aged 12 and over in a bid to boost vaccination rates. 

From 9am Monday, children aged 12 to 15 and people aged 60 and over will be able to book in for Pfizer vaccinations at SA Health clinics.  

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier acknowledged there had been some hesitancy amongst people aged 60 and over about receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

"It's very pleasing to see eligibility open up to allow more people to get vaccinated and particularly to give choice to older South Australians," she said. 

"We know there has been some hesitancy in the community in people aged over 60, with just over 40 per cent of 60 to 69-year-olds fully vaccinated.

"However, I would like to personally thank all of this age group who have received AstraZeneca as soon as they could, as it is also an excellent, highly effective vaccine.

Two more vaccination clinics are expected to open in coming weeks.  (ABC News: Eugene Boisvert)

So far, 39 per cent of South Australians are fully vaccinated and 57 per cent of the population have had their first dose. 

Premier Steven Marshall said he expected the overall figure to increase dramatically with more than 60,000 new appointments being made available from next week. 

"From Monday, we are completely opening eligibility for Pfizer at state-run clinics, ensuring everyone aged 12 and over can access the COVID-19 vaccination," he said. 

"Vaccination is our pathway out of the pandemic and there is absolutely no reason for South Australians to wait to book an appointment."

A new vaccination clinic will open on Tuesday at the Myer Centre in Rundle Mall, while another pop-up clinic is expected to open later this month at the South Australian Produce Market in Pooraka. 

Those who have had one dose of AstraZeneca will need to get the second dose of the same vaccine. 

Anyone who has booked in for their first dose of AstraZeneca at an SA Health Clinic, should keep their appointment and advise the nurse if they would prefer to receive the Pfizer vaccine. 

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