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Vaccine mandate set for most SA health workers

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A COVID-19 vaccine mandate covering almost all health workers in South Australia will apply from November 8.

The health direction will cover people working in GP clinics, dental clinics and pharmacies, as well as allied health professionals including physiotherapists, podiatrists, speech pathologists, optometrists and others working in health administration and testing.

It follows a similar mandate for public hospital workers which applies from November 1.

Under the rules, people working in the identified areas must have had at least one vaccine dose by the appropriate deadline.

They must also show evidence of a booking for a second dose and will be required to show proof of their vaccination status.

While other states, particularly Western Australia, have extended mandates to other workforce sectors and industries, the SA government said it had no plans to do so at this stage.

On the latest statistics, 60 per cent of South Australians aged 16 and over are now fully vaccinated and 77 per cent have had at least one dose.

Authorities have indicated the state’s tough border restrictions and local coronavirus measures will be eased once it reaches 80 per cent double dosed.

That figure was initially expected in early December, but could now be pushed back slightly based on the latest projections.

Details of how restrictions will be lifted are expected to be unveiled in the coming days, but the date for the changes will not be released until SA is closer to its vaccination target.

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