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Flu vaccination push for older South Australians

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South Australians over the age of 65 will from today be able to receive a flu jab at five metropolitan COVID-19 vaccination clinics in a bid to further ease pressure on the hospital system over winter.

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The Malinauskas Government announced on Sunday that the Elizabeth, Noarlunga, North Adelaide, Wayville and Kilkenny COVID vaccination clinics will offer over-65s both influenza and coronavirus jabs on the same day.

The flu vaccination push coincides with a State Government COVID-19 booster shot campaign and the rollout of a fourth COVID jab to over 65s and vulnerable groups across the country.

Premier Peter Malinauskas warned on Sunday the state’s hospital system remains under “extraordinary pressure”.

“[That is] a consequence of the COVID numbers that we’re now seeing within the community,” he told reporters yesterday.

“But if we have flu over and above that, that will present yet another challenge to pressure on our hospital system in a way that is avoidable through people getting vaccinated.”

Health authorities are warning influenza cases will be higher this winter with international travel back and COVID-19 restrictions easing.

But South Australia’s indoor mask mandates are still scheduled to be dropped for the Easter long weekend, with the Emergency Management Council to meet on Tuesday to discuss the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

SA Health reported one death and 4222 COVID-19 cases yesterday, although testing was down 13.6 per cent on Saturday compared to Friday.

Hospitalisations have jumped to 222 people, up from 201 the day before, with 11 people in intensive care and two on a ventilator.

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