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West Coast DHB confirms details of October drive-through COVID-19 vaccination events

Thursday 23 September 2021Health news3 minutes to read

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

Starting in early October, West Coast DHB will be holding a series of drive-through COVID-19 vaccination events in Westport, Hokitika and Greymouth.

The events will be operating from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the following locations on the dates specified:

  • Westport (Saturday, 2 Oct; Sunday, 3 Oct) Pulse Energy Recreation Centre, corner of Domett and Pakington Streets
  • Hokitika (Saturday, 9 Oct; Sunday, 10 Oct) – Westland Milk Products staff carpark, corner of Stafford and Livingstone Streets
  • Greymouth (Friday, 15 Oct; Saturday 16 Oct; Sunday, 17 Oct) – Greymouth Aerodrome, Aerodrome Road.

We are offering vaccination appointments to everyone aged 12 and older. Remember, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves and our whānau.

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

If you are planning to book in at one of our drive-through vaccination events, we are able to cater for passenger cars or SUVs as well as people who arrive on foot, bike/motorbike or on mobility scooters. Unfortunately, we cannot accept trucks, or other high-sided or wide vehicles at the drive-through centres.

If you are unable to attend any of these vaccination events, there are a number of other clinics available across the Coast including a walk-in ‘no appointment required’ option at our Greymouth and Westport clinics. Clinic details are updated weekly on the West Coast and Canterbury COVID-19 vaccination website –


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

  • 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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