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West Coast DHB calls on Coasters to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Super Saturday

Monday 11 October 2021Health news4 minutes to read

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

West Coast DHB is calling on Coasters to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Super Saturday (16 October).

This is a fantastic opportunity to vaccinate as many Coasters as possible with their first dose before the end of October.

On Super Saturday, we are running a drive-through at the Greymouth Aerodrome, Greymouth from 10am – 4pm and our Westport Vaccination Clinic at the Masonic Lodge, 51 Russell Street will also be operating from 10am – 4pm.

Our vaccination team has capacity to vaccinate over 1,200 Coasters on the day. You are welcome to turn up to either clinic between 10am and 4pm, no booking required. As Dr Suess would say “You can hike or come by bike if you like, or for a hoot you could scoot!”

We are currently looking at suitable transport options for people who would like to come along to our Greymouth event but who don’t have access to transport. We will keep you posted once we have confirmed all the details.

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.

You can book online at www.BookMyVaccine.nz 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.

Consider asking a friend who you’d like to get vaccinated with to come along with you. Better still invite your family/whānau members to join you too.

Remember, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves and our whānau.

Information about our regular weekly clinics is available here vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Remember, if you are deciding to get your vaccination at a drive-through event:

  • We will be able to cater for passenger cars or SUVs as well as people who arrive on foot, bike/motorbike or on mobility scooters at our drive-through vaccination events.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept trucks, or other high-sided or wide vehicles at the drive-through centres.
  • If you have a history of fainting or other serious reactions following vaccinations, we recommend you don’t get your vaccination in a drive-through vaccination centre.
  • Private conversations are more challenging at a drive-through site. If you need a detailed conversation about your vaccination, call your GP or Healthline first or attend a non-drive-through vaccination centre.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are required to self-isolate (including because you are waiting for your test results), do not come to your vaccination appointment. This applies to all vaccination centres, including drive-through vaccination.

If you book a vaccination appointment at a drive-through vaccination event:

  • Bring your NHI number if you have it.
  • Where possible, wear a face mask/covering.
  • Make sure you scan in using the event’s QR code.
  • Come prepared in case you need to wait in queue for a period of time. Bring a book/knitting, snacks and water.
  • Sit next to a car door that can be opened.
  • Wear clothing allowing the vaccinator easy access to your upper arm. You should expect to receive the vaccine in the arm closest to the car window.
  • Always stay in your vehicle, unless you are asked to step out by vaccination staff.

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

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