Get protected – get the COVID-19 vaccination
6/10/2021 5:57:31 p.m.

Wednesday 6 October 2021

Get protected – get the COVID-19 vaccination

With this week's announcement of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in different parts of the Waikato, many people in the Lakes DHB area are growing nervous about just how close the virus is to us.

News of the confirmed Waikato cases has seen a spike in testing numbers in Rotorua and Taupo and health professionals are hoping this translates into increased interest in vaccination. The Lakes DHB programme has a lot of capacity through multiple sites and with multiple providers - we need anyone over 12 who is not vaccinated to come forward now and get their vaccination.

Chief Operating Officer for Lakes DHB, Alan Wilson, says getting a COVID-19 vaccination soonest is the best step for planning to do the things you really love this summer, and for keeping yourself, your friends and family, and your workmates and community free from COVID and out of hospitals.

With vaccine passports likely to be in use by summer, and with changes in flight requirements the surest way to get into events, gatherings or travelling will also be by having a vaccination.

“It’s very clear that when you have had the double dose, you’re very unlikely to get seriously sick and are much less likely to pass the virus on to others” he adds.

The vaccination hubs at Rotorua and Taupo are both open from Tuesday to Saturday each week, generally from 8.30am -4.30pm. At Rotorua, the hub opens an hour earlier at 7.30am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for people wanting to get their vaccination before work, or first thing in the day. A complimentary coffee is available for the early vaxxers on these days.

As from this week, people wanting a vaccine can now just walk into the hubs during opening hours and get their vaccination. People do not need an appointment they can just ‘drop in’.

As the age bands for vaccination were being rolled out, people were encouraged to book a slot for their vaccination, either by going to www.bookmyvaccine or by calling 0800 28 29 26. People can still opt to book, but it’s also easy to just drop in for your jab.

Since the Ministry of Health opened the age band for 12-15 years recently, it’s been great to see young people lining up for their vaccines. Until the end of the school holidays, both the Central Mall Hub in Rotorua, and the Taupo Hub n Totara Street will be offering a $5 takeaway food voucher for all school students being vaccinated during our daytime sessions.

Alan Wilson says they figured that lots of young people will be coming into town at some time during the holidays – so that would be a great chance for them to drop in and get vaccinated.

The DHB is only one of the providers in the vaccination programme with general practices coming on board and several pharmacies also providing vaccination including early evening sessions.

Te Arawa COVID-19 Collective has been providing marae-based clinics for the last five months and is now also providing a drive through clinic on Sunday (10am-4pm) and Monday (12noon-6pm).

Tuwharetoa Health and Pihanga Health have been providing a range of very successful community and marae-based services in Turangi.

Other vaccination events this week include:
• Rapu Oranga, Brooklands Road, Rotorua (Tues-Thurs 9am-3.30pm)
• Taupo district marae vaccinations – (rotates around Warakei, Waitahanui, Nukuhau) on Wednesdays
• Workplace vaccination clinics – Damar and Claymark in Rotorua and Miraka at Mokai,
• Mokoia Community Association Vaccination Clinic at Mokoia Intermediate (you can book or just drop in 10am-2pm Saturday 9 October)
• Te Arawa Drive-through Sunday and Monday in the old Foodstuffs warehouse,33 Clayton Road (Sunday 10am-4pm and Mondays 12noon-6pm)

The full list of vaccination sites is on Healthpoint or ring 0800 28 29 26 for further details and times.