Wednesday 2 November 2022Health news3 minutes to read
This week marks a milestone for Te Whatu Ora Te Tai o Poutini West Coast’s COVID-19 response as the COVID-19 vaccination programme winds down with primary care continuing to lead on vaccinations.
“From this week onwards, our COVAX team will no longer be vaccinating from Greymouth’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic located on the Te Nīkau Hospital campus as the demand for vaccines has significantly reduced, says West Coast COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Clinical Lead Sophie Carey.
“Over the past few months, we have been working closely with our health system partners to transition the COVID-19 vaccination programme to general practices and pharmacies across the Coast. This process has also included looking at how best to provide vaccinations to our rural communities.
“While we will no longer be running mobile clinics in rural communities like Karamea and South Westland, residents of these communities can now access COVID-19 vaccinations through either the Karamea Health Centre or from the South Westland Area Practice in Franz Josef,” says Ms Carey.
“The roll-out of the programme across the Coast has been a mammoth task especially when considering the geographical spread of our communities from Karamea to Haast. Our vaccination teams have worked incredibly hard to reach these communities through mobile clinics, drive-through vaccination events and at our static clinics in Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika.
“A big thanks to all our staff and to our primary care partners including our Māori health provider Poutini Waiora, West Coast Primary Health Organisation, general practices and pharmacies, lead maternity carers and midwives, community leaders and community providers who have gone above and beyond to reach our communities, and to the West Coast businesses who supported the vaccination campaign.
“I also want to acknowledge our West Coast residents who rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated. Thank you for doing your bit to protect yourself, your whānau and your wider community,” says Ms Carey.
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at GP practices and pharmacies across the West Coast. Please check www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19-vaccination/west-coast/ or phone 0800 28 29 26 (8am – 8pm, 7 days a week), to find out where to access and how to book COVID-19 vaccinations in your area. Otherwise, please get in contact with your general practice directly.
Remember, if you have had a COVID-19 infection, you need to wait three months once your symptoms have cleared, before you can have another COVID-19 vaccination. If you did not have any symptoms, you need to wait three months from the date of your positive test result.
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