SA Premier Steven Marshall says the rollout of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the state will begin “very early next week”.

Key points:

  • About 4,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in SA this weekend
  • SA will also reopen to regional Victoria from midnight
  • SA has recorded two new coronavirus cases in hotel quarentine

The SA Government aims to vaccinate 1,726 people in the first week — all frontline workers at Adelaide Airport and in the medi-hotel system.

The Federal Government will distribute vaccinations for residents and staff in aged care and disability facilities in South Australia.

About 4,000 doses of the vaccine will arrive in South Australia this weekend.

The State Government is aiming to do 12,000 vaccinations in the first three weeks of the program.

“Those vaccines will be received over the weekend … we expect this to roll out very, very smoothly.

“The freezers are now in place both here [at the Royal Adelaide Hospital] and the Flinders Medical Centre.”

Central Adelaide Local Health Network executive director of nursing Rebecca Badcock said staff were being provided with “detailed information” ahead of receiving the vaccine next week.

“Certainly every indication is that our workforce is on board and looking forward to the rollout,” she said.

“We’re seeing in general a lot of enthusiasm. They recognise the importance of the vaccine rollout.”

Ms Badcock said the Royal Adelaide Hospital was “the designated primary vaccination hub for the state”, and that staff were currently being trained in how to deliver the vaccine.

“The clinic model that we’ve built is able to … scale up [and] scale down as required to ensure that we’ve got the capacity to deliver the vaccine at the volumes required,” she said.

Rebecca Badcock says there is “enthusiasm” among staff about the rollout.(ABC News)

Border to reopen to regional Victoria

The Premier also confirmed South Australia would reopen to regional Victoria from midnight tonight.

But SA is maintaining a hard border with Greater Melbourne — that will only be lifted after 14 days of no community transmission in Victoria.

Currently that date would be February 25.

South Australia has recorded two new cases of coronavirus — both in returned travellers from overseas.

One is a man in his 40s and is considered an active case.

He is the first patient to be transferred to the state’s dedicated medi-hotel for COVID-positive cases.

“That is the very first resident infected with COVID-19 now in place at Tom’s Court,” Mr Marshall said.

Tom’s Court Hotel in Adelaide’s CBD now has its first patient.(Tom’s Court Hotel)

Health Minister Stephen Wade said he “had not been advised” about whether it was a case of either the UK or South African strain of the virus.

The second case is an old infection in a man in his 50s, which has been added to SA’s numbers.

In total, SA has recorded 608 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

More than 6,000 people were tested in the state yesterday.