20 May 2021

Kaikōura health staff roll up sleeves to fight COVID-19

Frontline health staff were among the first to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at a newly established clinic set up in Kaikōura this week.

The staff of Kaikōura Health Te Hā O Te Ora, who will soon be delivering the vaccine to other health workers and later the wider community, were delighted to be receiving the vaccine locally.

Aroha Abraham, an Independent Midwife, said: “I’m pleased to get my COVID-19 vaccination in such an organised fashion at Kaikoura Health.”

Local pharmacist David McKee commented that he felt very fortunate to get the vaccination so early.

Next in line is the region’s wider health workforce, followed by people working and living in long-term residential care settings and Māori and Pacific people aged 55 and over.

Angela Blunt, Kaikōura Health Services Manager, said: “We know our community is really keen to play their part in our fight against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, and we’re really pleased to support them to do this locally.

“Our first focus is vaccinating the people in our community who are most at risk of catching COVID-19, or most at risk if they do get it.”

The Government has secured enough vaccine so everyone aged 16 and over can be vaccinated, if they want, before the end of the year.

“For now, we ask that people continue to be patient. When it’s your turn to be vaccinated we’ll contact you directly,” says Angela.

The clinic at Kaikōura Health is the first site in Canterbury to use the National Booking System, which allows people to book directly by calling a dedicated COVID Vaccination Helpline.

Canterbury’s vaccination programme

Clinics across Canterbury are currently vaccinating Group 1, Group 2 and a limited number of people in Group 3.

Group 1 includes border and Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) workers and their household contacts. Group 2 includes frontline health workers, people working and living in long-term residential care settings, and Māori and Pacific people aged 70 and over. The people we’re currently vaccinating in Group 3 include older Māori and Pacific people, the people they live with, their carers and some people residing in rural areas.

There are some key points to consider when the time comes to book your vaccination, including:

  • Leave at least 21 days between the date of your first vaccination and your second vaccination.
  • Leave two weeks between your COVID-19 vaccination and your flu vaccination.
  • Leave four weeks between your COVID-19 vaccination and the MMR vaccination.

You can find out more about the vaccination programme in Canterbury, the vaccine, and about which Group you are in on our website www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz

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