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Greens call for SA to follow Queensland with free flu vaccines

24 May 2022

The State Labor Government should follow the lead of their counterparts in Queensland and provide free flu vaccinations to all, say the SA Greens.

“It seems the flu season is back with a vengeance. Numbers are surging and it’s vital SA does everything we can to curb the spread,” said Greens Health Spokesperson, Robert Simms MLC.

“The Queensland Government are making the flu vaccine free and available to everyone via their GP or pharmacy. Given the huge health and economic implications of a spread of the flu, it makes sense for the Malinauskas Government to follow Queensland’s example. While many workplaces make the vaccine available and it is free for some vulnerable groups, we can’t risk South Australian’s falling through the cracks.”
Figures released by SA Health showed in the period from 1 January to 14 May 2022, there have been 727 notifications of influenza reported, compared to 12 cases for the same period last year.