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Murray Bridge Leads Nation With AstraZeneca Vaccine

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Front-line health workers in Murray Bridge are the first in Australia to have received AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

More than 40 frontline staff from the Riverland Mallee South Australia are being prioritised today for the 1,000 inoculations that arrived at Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Thursday.

Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network Executive Director of Medical Services, Dr Caroline Phegan (pictured), was the first to receive the vaccination.

“I am excited to roll-up my sleeve today to receive my COVID-19 vaccination alongside my fellow Emergency Department and frontline healthcare workers from across the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network,” Dr Phegan said.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout to regional areas is an important step towards protecting the whole of South Australia.

“Starting vaccinations in Murray Bridge today is the next step in the vital vaccine roll out, reaching more of our regional based healthcare and quarantine and border workers, as the program  broadens to include more priority groups and eventually, all South Australians,” Minister Wade said.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout across South Australia will be undertaken in line with the Commonwealth Government’s Vaccine Roadmap.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Photo at top supplied: (front L-R) Dr Caroline Phegan and Dr Paul Worley
(back L-R) Premier Steven Marshall, SA Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier and Health Minister Stephen Wade.