28/01/2021

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 today. Border and vaccine update.

COVID-19 border update

Effective 12.01 am Sunday 31 January, South Australia will ease border restrictions with NSW. Testing on day 1, day 5 and day 12 will still be required for some arrivals.

More information, including a new Direction, will be available soon.

COVID-19 vaccine update

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. This means the vaccine has met the TGA’s rigorous standards for safety, quality and efficacy, and will be provided for free to all Australian residents.

It has been provisionally approved in Australia for people 16 years of age and over. The first priority groups in Australia will start receiving a vaccine in February. Two doses will be required, to be administered at least 21 days apart.

The approval is subject to strict conditions, and Pfizer will be required to continue providing information to the TGA on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine.

The next steps in the process will include batch testing these newly arrived doses, establishing cold storage facilities for the vaccine, training health providers to administer it, and finalising distribution sites.

SA Health will work with the Commonwealth to distribute the COVID-19 vaccination to South Australians.

Timeframes and vaccination priority groups have been determined by the Commonwealth government and more information is available at www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines.

South Australia COVID-19 Update

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 2,063 tests yesterday
  • 952,164 tests in total
  • 596 confirmed cases in total
  • 592 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

For more information and the latest updates visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

All South Australians who have symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested on the day symptoms appear. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
  • An acute respiratory infection e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
  • Loss of smell or alteration in the sense of taste
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting

For more information: SA COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787 | sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019