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A number of Adelaide Catholic schools are doing their bit to boost vaccination rates in South Australia by hosting clinics for students and members of the public.

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St Columba College at Andrews Farm, a joint Anglican and Catholic school, is participating in the schools vaccination program with students receiving their first dose over three days last month and their second in coming weeks.

The program is available to school staff and students aged 12 to 18 years during the week and to members of the local community on weekends.

The City of Playford, which includes Andrews Farm, has had one of the lowest vaccination rates in the State.

Principal Leanne Carr said the school clinic was a great way to support the community and make it easy for students to get vaccinated.

“To keep everyone safe moving forward it is so important that everyone is vaccinated against COVID-19,” she said.

Pop-up vaccination hubs have been established at more than 20 schools as part of a six-week blitz to administer first and second doses.

Other Catholic schools participating in the program are: Tenison Woods College, Mount Gambier; Mount Carmel College,  Rosewater; Thomas More College, Salisbury; St Joseph’s College, Port Lincoln; Caritas College, Port Augusta; Samaritan College, Whyalla, and St Francis de Sales College, Mount Barker.

Premier Steven Marshall said it was estimated the program would provide vaccinations to thousands of young South Australians in targeted areas across the State.

“It is fantastic to see the rollout expanded to provide greater accessibility to even more South Australians, providing an additional avenue for young people to access this vital vaccine,” he said.

“Every jab protects local jobs, gets us closer to easing restrictions, relaxing borders and ending State-wide lockdowns.

“We are determined to do everything we can to keep up the pace of the vaccination roll out to ensure South Australians receive the best protection possible.”

Year 12 students at St Columba were pleased to be receiving their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine just days before breaking for exams and in time to celebrate the end of their school life.

Kassidy Tamlin said it was easier to get vaccinated at school rather than “lining up” with everyone else.

“A lot of us have part-time jobs and our employers will want us to get jabbed once we open up,” she said.

Danielle Allen said she was happy to receive the vaccine to help protect other members of the community while fellow Year 12 student Cameron McLean said it was far better to be vaccinated than to get COVID.


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