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Wairoa reaches 90% single dose vaccination mark


Ninety percent of Wairoa’s eligible population has now received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Reaching the government’s 90% target is reassuring news, particularly as we know there are positive COVID-19 cases in the Wairoa community.

Wairoa Mayor Craig Little thanked the 90% of Wairoa’s population – “I thank you for receiving your first vaccination. You have done this for yourself and your whānau and friends and we know that the more people who are vaccinated gives this terrible virus less opportunity.

“Wairoa has been slower in achieving its 90% rate than some areas in New Zealand and that was one of the contributing factors for Wairoa remaining under the red traffic light restrictions for longer than a lot the country. However, our people have obviously thought about their choices and made the decision to get vaccinated.

“This is a huge tribute to our Wairoa providers who have been working tirelessly to protect our community. “The staff at the Queen Street Practice, Kahungunu Executive, Taiwhenua, Te Whare Maire and everyone else involved has made it their priority to vaccinate our community to protect our people.

“From vaccination days, events, drive throughs and trips throughout the district they have literally rolled out vaccinations and one by one and added to Wairoa’s protection. Thank you all, I take my hat off to your dedication.

“I would also like to extend a thank you to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board for the support they have provided in helping our community reach this milestone. This is a true demonstration of community-led community resilience.

 “We are also close to reaching the 90% target for our double vaccination with around 240 needing to receive a second vaccination in order to reach that 90% target.

“People who are double vaccinated and received their booster will be even more protected from the COVID virus. I encourage all those people who are eligible for their booster, that is it has been three months since their second vaccination, to please get your booster vaccination.

“Our health providers will continue to administer first, second and booster doses and are rolling out vaccinations to the 5 to 11-year-old age group.

For people wanting a vaccination the Queen Street Practice has drive through vaccinations at its Kitchener Street location weekdays from 3-5pm or phone on 06 838 8333 to make a walk-in appointment between 9am and 3pm. Vaccinations can also be administered on Saturday and Sunday from 3-4pm.

Kahungunu Executive is vaccinating aged 12-year plus first, second and booster shots on Tuesdays from 9am-2pm, outside Bottle O, Queen Street and Thursday evening clinics 3pm-6pm outside Kahungunu Executive, Queen Street.

For walks in clinics at the Kahungunu Executive building, or for district-wide vaccine bus or home visit bookings phone 0800 621 700 or text/phone 027 287 1089.

If you require a COVID test, please ring the Queen Street Practice on 06 838 8333 and make an appointment. Testing times are from 1.30pm Monday-Friday and weekends from 3-4pm.

‘Kia ū tonu Te Wairoa’ ‘Remain resilient Wairoa’

18 February 2022

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