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Racing SA – in conjunction with all 25 metropolitan, provincial and regional clubs across South Australia – has today announced a new vaccination requirement for all patrons and industry participants

The requirement means anyone aged 16 and over intending to enter any South Australian racing venue for any purpose from 20 December 2021 will need to demonstrate that they have had at least their first vaccination.

Proof of double vaccination will be required prior to entry from 20 January 2022.

Licenced participants must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Racing SA stewards by midday on December 20. Either a COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement must be emailed to:

It is the responsibility of trainers to ensure that all of their staff who are attending racing venues on race days or otherwise are vaccinated, and that they have supplied the appropriate proof of vaccination.

The decision follows the introduction by SA Health of the new Test, Trace, Isolate and Quarantine (TTIQ) model and the opening of South Australian borders on 23 November 2021.

The vaccination requirement applies to all patrons, industry participants, essential racing personnel and staff (including race club staff) intending to enter any South Australian racing venue. It will apply to all events including track work, jump outs, trials and race days.

A COVID-19 Digital Certificate will be required to be sighted via a smart phone or via a printed immunisation certificate.

Where an official SA Health medical exemption is in place, proof of a negative COVID test result for the 72-hour period prior to seeking entry and full exemption details will need to be provided.

The requirement will be enforced by Racing SA and clubs at all venues.

Racing SA strongly believes this decision is in the best interests of the health and safety of all participants as well as business continuity.

The cooperation of participants has been pivotal in ensuring our ability to keep racing through the challenges posed by the pandemic. We must all continue to work together to ensure that we continue to protect our industry and the thousands of livelihoods it supports.

Racing SA Essential racing personnel are defined as:
• Racing SA stewards and veterinarians
• Trainers, jockeys and stablehands with a runner at the race meeting
• Barrier attendants, starters and essential track staff
• Clerks of the course
• Judges and photo finish operator
• Weighing room staff and jockeys’ attendants
• Raceday event staff and security including horse stalls, mounting yards and float carpark
• Ambulance services
• Farriers and other essential service providers approved by Racing SA in conjunction with the club
• Broadcast services including the racecaller
• Restricted core racing media as approved by Racing SA and the club
• Restricted operational race club staff and management

From 20 December 2021 all industry participants aged 16 and over who enter a South Australian Thoroughbred racing venue must provide proof that they have had at least their first dose of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine. 

Everyone who enters a racing venue must be fully vaccinated by 20 January 2022.