Jab now on offer for children

VAXXED: Six-year-old Libby Semark, getting her vaccination at the Whyalla COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Photo: supplied.

VAXXED: Six-year-old Libby Semark, getting her vaccination at the Whyalla COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Photo: supplied.

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for children between 5 and 11 years, as the state continues to roll out ways to battle the omicron variant.

The new availability comes at the right time for families in Whyalla, many of whom are preparing to send their kids back to school amid rising case numbers in the steel city.

The Whyalla Hospital vaccination clinic began taking bookings for the jab on Monday. So far it's proved to be popular, with over 450 children booked into get their vaccination in January.

Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Whyalla Hospital, Lyndell Eckert, said there was no better time for young kids to get vaccinated.

"It's been very popular so we're really excited to offer this opportunity to the Whyalla community," she said.

"We've been administriing around 1700 doses a week since the New Year, we have a lot of people coming in for first and second doses and booster doses in Whyalla."

Ms Eckert said the booster vaccine was available four months after a second dose, and encouraged the community to further protect themselves against COVID-19.

"As the numbers in the community rise we want to remind parents that vaccines are the best way to reduce their child's risk of becoming seriously unwell," she said.