Free COVID-19 Drop in clinics to start
26/04/2020 11:35:52 a.m.

Sunday 26 April 2020

Free COVID-19 Drop in clinics to start

Free, drop-in centres to test people with symptoms for COVID-19 and give flu vaccinations begin this week in Rotorua at the Edmund Road shops car park on Wednesday 29 April at 10am.


Drop-in swabbing and flu vaccination clinics will be at Ngongotaha and Te Ngae shops, the following week after in the first week of May. There will also be drop-in testing only in the rural community of Mangakino (supported by Mangakino Whanau Ora).

Lakes DHB Pouwhakarite Maori Health Lauren James says anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to drop in from 10am to 12pm. You can drive through with your car, but if you bike or walk you will also be tested.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19. Symptoms include:
• a cough
• a fever (at least 38°C)
• shortness of breath
• sore throat
• a head cold, e.g. sneezing, runny nose
• temporary loss of smell.

Sore throats are important too, so if you are aged 3 to 35 years old, and have a sore throat, drop in to get your throat swabbed to check for strep A which can lead to rheumatic fever.

Korowai Aroha nurses will be at the drop in centre offering flu vaccinations for priority groups. These include: people aged 65 years and older, hapu mama, people with chronic medical conditions, children aged four years or under with a history of significant respiratory illness, children under five years who were hospitalised with measles.

The swabbing is being done by the Lakes DHB public health nursing team which has been doing the swabbing at the clinics in town for several weeks now.
Lauren James says everyone approached for support was very happy to make the drop-in clinics happen.

“I love our community spirit. People all around the community jumped on board to make sure things could happen. We have a great community that we work for and are privileged to serve.

The drop in clinics have a mobile dental van to carry the equipment and for the swabbing nurses to put on the PPE. It is taken off in a different area.

Wednesday 29 April 2020 at the Edmund Road shops car park

  • COVID-19 swabbing
  • Flu vaccinations for priority groups
  • Sore throat for 3-35 year olds

Friday 1 May at the 6 Commerce Street, Mangakino (outside Mangakino Family Services) 

  • COVID-19 swabbing  

Wednesday 6 May at the Te Ngae shops car park 

  • COVID-19 swabbing
  • Flu vaccination
  • Sore throat for 3-35 year olds

Friday 8 May at the Ngongotaha car park behind the Police station

  • COVID-19 swabbing
  • Flu vaccinations for priority groups
  • Sore throat for 3-35 year olds