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West Coast DHB planning drive-through COVID-19 vaccination events across the Coast

Wednesday 25 August 2021Health news3 minutes to read

West Coast DHB planning drive-through COVID-19 vaccination events across the Coast

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

West Coast DHB is currently planning drive-through COVID-19 vaccination events for various locations across the Coast.

The initial drive-through event is set for this coming Sunday (29/08/2021) at Greymouth’s Aerodrome. The event will be operating from 10am – 4pm.

Vaccinations are free and available by appointment only.

Like our mobile clinics, our drive-through events are open to everyone including 12 – 15-year olds who can now be booked for a vaccination at the same time as their parent(s) or guardian(s). Remember, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves and our whānau.

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

We will provide further detail regarding future drive-through events once all the details have been confirmed.


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

  • Drive-through vaccination is only suitable for passenger cars or SUVs. Unfortunately, we cannot accept motorbikes, trucks, or other high-sided vehicles at 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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