Tatiara residents are rolling up their sleeves to get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

VACCINATED: Andrew Finalyson receiving his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday morning at Bordertown Memorial Hospital.
VACCINATED: Andrew Finalyson receiving his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday morning at Bordertown Memorial Hospital.

Vaccinations across regional South Australia has ramped up massively since the announcement on May 25 that people over the age 16 were eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

The Bordertown Memorial Hospital is one of the many regional sites busy administering vaccines to locals, with a number of younger residents also rolling their sleeve up to fight back against the virus.

COVID-19 vaccine coordinator Jo Dowling said every clinic the hospital has opened has resulted in mass bookings, showing that Tatiara residents aren't afraid to get the jab.

She said the hospital only administers the Pfizer vaccine, and strategically structures its bookings so people in multiples of six receive the vaccine during a specific period of time.

"We have to do our vaccinations in sixes. With the Pfizer vaccine you get six doses per vile, and once you make a vile up, it's only stable for around six hours," Mrs Dowling said.

Once someone has received their first instalment of the vaccine, they will generally have to wait anywhere between 21 days and six weeks to receive their second dose.

Mrs Dowling said the hospital is encouraging people to receive the second jab during the aforementioned timeframe, as it increases the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Younger Tatiara residents haven't been deterred from getting the vaccine, with many booking their spot to receive their first instalment of the vaccine.

"We had our first 17-year-old get their vaccine today (June 9), and we have had a range of age groups come in and get their jab," Mrs Dowling said.

"We have had people in their 20s book in, we have an 18-year-old booked in as well. We are slowly starting to see younger ones come in which is good to see."

Once someone is administered a vaccine, the information will be uploaded and saved into a program which will allow staff to look at the person's vaccination history.

Andrew Finalyson received his first jab on Wednesday morning, and he said it was a no-brainer for him to roll up his sleeve.

"It is important that I get the jab. My wife has MS (multiple sclerosis) and she has already had hers, so I made sure I got mine at the first opportunity," Mr Finalyson said.

He said he is happy to see that many locals are booking in and getting the vaccine, as it will result in a better standard for living for everyone.

"The more people that get vaccinated, the easier it will be for all of us - I didn't have any problems coming here and getting it done," he said.

Despite Mr Finalyson having no problems rocking up to the clinic to get it his jab, he explained that his love of needles hasn't changed.

"I bloody hate needles, I try my best not to look at the while they are doing it," he joked.

Vaccination bookings for clinics across the state are available via the SA Health website.

To find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations visit covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.