We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework.  Protect yourself and our community by getting boosted, wearing a mask when out and about and reducing contact with others. Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable.  See our COVID-19 page for general COVID-19 advice, detailed hospital visiting guidelines and COVID-19 tests.

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Come on West Coasters let’s get ready for the summer holidays!

Thursday 14 October 2021Health news3 minutes to read

Please attribute the following to Philip Wheble, Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, West Coast DHB:

Come on West Coasters, let’s get ready for the summer holidays by getting vaccinated this weekend!

We have capacity to vaccinate 3,000 people over three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at our Greymouth COVID-19 vaccination drive-through events at the Greymouth Aerodrome from 10am – 4pm. We still have 1,706 appointment slots available which is enough to vaccinate around half of the remaining unvaccinated and not yet booked Grey district residents.

Our Westport vaccination clinic at the Masonic Lodge, 51 Russell Street will also be operating on Super Saturday from 10am – 4pm.

Getting vaccinated this weekend is a fantastic opportunity to ensure as many West Coast residents as possible have at least their first dose before the end of October.

It also offers us a chance to beat Auckland by getting at least ninety percent of our eligible population vaccinated in time for an endless summer. Currently, over seventy-three percent of eligible Coasters (20,069 people) aged 12 and over are either fully vaccinated, have had a single dose or are booked to receive their vaccination.

On Super Saturday, free transport will be provided in the Greymouth area, with minivans doing regular runs through Blaketown, Cobden and Runanga/Dunollie. Timetable information including pick-up and drop-off points is available online – West Coast Super Saturday – Vaccinate Canterbury and West Coast (

The St John West Coast Health Shuttle will also be available to take members of the public to and from the Greymouth vaccination clinics between 10am – 4pm this Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October. Please book your seat by 3pm Friday on 0800 103 046 (option 3).

Remember, everyone vaccinated on the West Coast during October will be eligible to go into our random prize draw for vouchers from a range of West Coast businesses. We are offering this incentive as we know local businesses have been hit hard by the effects of COVID-19.

In Greymouth, West Coast Soft Serve will be on-site dishing out ice creams to everyone who has been vaccinated. All you need to do is show your COVID-19 vaccination sticker and if you have brought your children they can have a free ice cream too.

If you know someone who is yet to get vaccinated, we still need your help. Support and encourage your friends, whānau, and colleagues who are hesitant about getting vaccinated, or haven’t done so yet. Remember, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves and our whānau.

While an appointment is recommended, it isn’t necessary so if you don’t get time to make a booking, you are welcome to just turn up.

You can book online at or by calling the National Booking team on 0800 28 29 26 (8am – 8pm, 7 days). Vaccinations are free and are available to everyone aged 12 and older.

More information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine is available online:

  • West Coast and Canterbury COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out website – nz
  • Ministry of Health website –
  • Unite against COVID-19 website –



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