A COVID-19 vaccine mandate covering almost all health workers in South Australia will apply from November 8 amid ongoing vaccine hesitancy in parts of Adelaide's north.
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.
On Thursday, SA Health executive Don Frater told a parliamentary inquiry that while officials remained confident the state would reach the 80 per cent target, there remained a degree of hesitancy, especially in Adelaide's northern suburbs.
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Emily Kirkpatrick said a degree of hesitancy had existed in SA for many years and was not unique in relation to COVID-19.
"We know there is a level of hesitancy that will exist across the community," she said.
"Unfortunately COVID will enter the state at some point, so we have to try to get those hesitancy levels as low as possible."
The committee also heard that SA Health expected a direction before Christmas to start vaccinating children aged from five to 11 and further directions on booster shots.
The latest modelling suggested up to 4000 COVID-19 cases could be expected across the state once border rules were relaxed.
SA Health reported one new virus case on Thursday, in a returned overseas travellers.
There are currently eight active infections, all being managed in hotel quarantine.
Australian Associated Press