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COVID-19 staff vaccination program - CALHN

All CALHN staff are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Read below for your vaccination options.

For the latest vaccination clinic opening hours, click here. Book your appointment here.

Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2022 will come into effect at the end of January 2022.

This direction has been updated to require people working in healthcare settings to have a TGA approved COVID-19 booster or have evidence of a booking to have the booster within four weeks of becoming eligible.

Staff become eligible for their booster dose at three months after completing their primary course of the COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., after their second dose for most individuals.) The date of your last primary course dose can be found on your vaccination certificate.

The booster is strongly encouraged to protect against the Omicron variant.

You can read more about ATAGIs recommendations on using a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine here.

For more detailed information view the FAQs here.

Where to get your booster

Staff can receive their booster by making a booking at any vaccination centre or walking into any of the CALHN run sites at Wayville, Adelaide (MYER centre) or Kilkenny.

Please check the site pages, as opening times will vary based on demand.

Wayville vaccination clinic

CALHN staff can walk-in to the Wayville vaccination clinic but are encouraged to book an appointment where possible.

Last walk-in appointment is 30 minutes before clinic closing time.

Vaccinations at other sites

Walk-ins are available at:

  • Level 3, MYER centre, Rundle Mall
  • 10-14 Regency Road, Kilkenny

CALHN staff can attend either the Elizabeth or Noarlunga vaccination clinics for a COVID-19 vaccine with no appointment – show your CALHN staff ID card.

The last walk-in appointment is 30 minutes before clinic closing time.

Bookings are highly recommend to prevent long wait times. Make a booking here.

Vaccination for children aged 5 – 11 years

All South Australians aged 5 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccination is the best way to reduce your child’s risk of becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.

To find out more about vaccination for children click here.

We are pleased to advise that the CALHN vaccination program has reserved appointments for child household members of CALHN healthcare workers. Bookings are currently limited due to supply, but we are hoping to open up more to CALHN workforce as soon as more supply becomes available.

To book an appointment children must be:

  • aged 5 – 11 years and;
  • household members of a CALHN employee.

To book an appointment click here.

Please do not share this link – it is for CALHN employees only. Staff ID will need to be presented at time of the appointment.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will I receive?

Three COVID-19 vaccines are currently available in Australia. The Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines have met the extremely high safety standards set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and have undergone the complete approval requirements.

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is the ATAGI approved vaccine offered for the booster program. CALHN COVID-19 vaccination clinics offer the Pfizer vaccination.

Use of different COVID-19 vaccine brands to complete a primary course

ATAGI continues to recommend that, if available, the same COVID-19 vaccine brand should be used for the two doses of the primary vaccination course (ie dose one and two). However, new advice has been released that allows for an alternative brand to be used for the second dose in select circumstances including if a patient is unable to access or not accepting of a second dose of the same brand. This decision by ATAGI may present options for those staff that have not yet completed their primary course of COVID vaccine. Further information available here.

If you have any questions about the vaccinations, please visit covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Attending your vaccination appointment

Staff may be vaccinated during work time to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. However, it is expected that this occur in consultation with your manager to ensure service delivery and patient safety is not compromised.

There may be mild side effects after having the vaccine. Consideration should therefore be given to booking an appointment at the end of a shift, ahead of the weekend or on a day off.

If you make appointment to be vaccinated when you are not rostered or scheduled to work, then you are not considered to be ‘on duty’ for the vaccination.

For questions or queries

For any other questions regarding CALHN staff vaccination program please email Health.CALHNCovidVaccination@sa.gov.au.

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