Vaccination push in North Canterbury

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By Shelley Topp

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is holding another big Covid-19 vaccination push in Waimakariri this weekend.

Meanwhile the JabbaWaka will be visiting the Hurunui District.

The Hanmer Springs Health Centre, the Amberley Medical Centre and the Cheviot Community Health Centre are working together to take vaccination clinics out to the public using a mini JabbaWaka van.

A total of 89.3 percent of Waimakariri’s eligible population have had their first Covid-19 vaccination, with 75% fully vaccinated. In Hurunui 87% of the eligible population have had their first vaccination with 75.1% fully vaccinated. While in Kaikoura only 83.8% of the eligible population have now had their first vaccination and 73.4% are fully vaccinated.

Five Covid-19 vaccination clinics will be open in the Waimakariri district and will include two special events.

“Waimakariri still has a bit of work to do to get to a 90 percent first-dose vaccination rate, so we are making it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated,” Waimakariri’s Covid-19 vaccination programme project manager, Chelsea Dickson says.

The special events will be held at Kaiapoi Family Doctors which is open for drop-ins all day from 9am until 5pm, on Saturday, then on Sunday one of the DHB’s JabberWaka mobile vaccination teams will be in the Ravenswood New World car park from noon until 5pm, opposite the Moscow Circus.

“If people have not yet had a second dose, this is the day to get it.

“We will have kai including lollipops and bikkies, and we will have the Mike Pero team on the barbecue,” she says.

“We will also be handing out spot prizes throughout the day, so come on down. Roll your sleeves up Waimakariri. Let’s get it done.”

Hanmer Springs Health Centre practice manager Paul Walmsley says the purpose of the JabbaWaka is to reach people and businesses in Hurunui communities that would benefit by vaccination clinics coming to them. Technology will enable real-time updates into the national Covid Immunisation Register (CIR) system.

Three dates have been confirmed but more may be organised, depending on demand. Details can be obtained by phoning the health centres.

On Friday November 12, the Amberley Health Centre staff will have the JabbaWaka at Leithfield Beach from 9am and it will be at the Leithfield Hotel, in Leithfield village, from 11.30am.

On Tuesday November 16, the Cheviot Health Centre staff will be taking the JabbaWaka into the Cheviot township.

From Saturday November 20, through to Monday November 22, the Hanmer Springs Health Centre will have the JabbaWaka in the Hanmer Springs village, the village green in Waiau and down to the Hurunui Hotel heading towards Christchurch on SH7. Time slots for these areas can be confirmed by calling the Hanmer Springs Health Centre.

The Waimakariri Covid-19 vaccination clinics open for drop-ins this weekend are:

Saturday:

Kaiapoi Family Doctors: 9am

Rangiora Durham Health: 9am

Rangiora Unichem Medical Corner: 9am

Stan’s 7 Day Pharmacy in Rangiora: 10am

Sunday:

Ravenswood New World pop-up vaccination clinic: 12noon