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SA Health executives will meet on Friday to discuss the introduction of the vaccine and the “appropriateness” of the state hotel quarantine system. One report examines how COVID-19 was transmitted within the Playford Medi-Hotel set slated to be passed this week.
Prime Minister Steven Marshall receives his first shot on February 22nd. Photo: AAP / Morgan Sette
The SA health meeting comes after Police Commissioner Grant Stevens warned Tuesday that health officials are investigating an “optimal” vaccination count that would allow the state’s transition committee to relax the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.
“SA Health is having more discussion this week about what the optimal number of vaccinations can be so that we can actually consider easing some of these restrictions,” he said.
The Police Commissioner added that the Transitional Committee would review this advice at its next meeting on June 1st.
In a statement late Tuesday, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier appeared to downplay the prospect of setting a vaccination threshold for lifting public restrictions.
“A routine meeting of health care executives will be held this Friday to discuss a range of health issues, including COVID-19, the vaccination program and future strategic planning,” Spurrier said.
“While South Australia has the fewest restrictions on any state or territory in the nation, the most important thing South Australians can do to make sure we stay in the best possible position is a roll-up to get vaccinated if they do it’s your turn. “
Spurrier said SA Health will continue to review the vaccine’s effectiveness and the “adequacy” of the state’s hotel quarantine system.
She also noted that authorities “are less likely to require measures such as widespread isolation, lockdown and border closure requirements when people come together to be fully vaccinated”.
InDaily believes health officials are not preparing a vaccination target for the community to lift restrictions.
As of Tuesday, 233,985 people in South Africa had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – roughly 13 percent of the state’s population.
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The bulk of this was administered by general practitioners and primary care centers (129,992 doses), followed by state health clinics (81,460) and Commonwealth retirement and disability care centers (22,553).
However, the latest federal government data available for South Australia shows that by May 6, the Commonwealth had only vaccinated six disabled people and four nursing home workers.
It is unclear how many disabled people and workers in state government-run residential facilities have been vaccinated or have made their own arrangements with a family doctor or state clinic.
An investigation into how COVID-19 was transmitted at the Playford Medi-Hotel is “expected to be completed in the coming week,” according to Spurrier.
Earlier this month, a Victorian man traveling from overseas contracted the virus while quarantining himself on the same floor as another man who had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Victorian man ended quarantine in South Africa and flew home to Melbourne, where he was active in the community for several days.
SA Health also asked 10 returning travelers who were quarantined on level three of the Playford Hotel to restart their 14-day quarantine.
Victoria has not registered a new local COVID-19 case since the man returned to Melbourne. Around 150 of the man’s close contacts tested negative for the virus.
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