Dozens of people have benefited from a pop-up Covid 19 vaccination clinic in Vitara, north of Tranquilia, set up to increase immunization rates following the outbreak of Covid 19 in Auckland.
Only 13% of the general population over the age of 16 has been fully vaccinated in Tarnaki and the Maori rate is less than 10%.
Maori health provider Toi Ora is providing the vaccine in coastal and northern Tranaki in partnership with the Taranaki District Health Board.
He moved his Vitara Clinic to Knox Church Community Hall so he could double the number of shots while maintaining social distance.
Clinical nurse leader Robin Taylor said demand has increased.
“After the alert level 4, there is even more reaction now. [staff members] The people who were going to get the vaccine have now come in and they want to get the vaccine too, so we’ve got a lot of people who want it.
“Usually in Vitara because it’s a small site that we usually have about 70 people, but today we’ve increased it to about 150 to 150 and tomorrow to 150 so that only the response can be adjusted. “
Taylor said that when the clinic closes on the first day of the lockdown, bookings will be completed and a small number of walks will be made.
He said that although the clinic was for everyone, Tangata Jabwa appreciated that the vaccine was being provided by a Maori health provider.
“I think there’s a lot of mistrust in the agencies, the DHB and things like that because of a specific body error. I’m here to answer that call and we’ve got tremendous optics from Mturi to Vitara here.”
Taylor said it’s time to be content with the Covid 19 in the community in Auckland.
Toi Ora will open similar pop-up vaccination clinics next week in Orinoi and Macau.
John Stone, 66, was waiting for his shot at Noble.
He admitted that he was leaving because his wife was ill.
It was also booked with the pharmacy under Vitara, but I am waiting for my execution because I am waiting for my wife to get her expert opinion. [about whether she could have the vaccine] But because I am the one who goes out and does all the shopping and I don’t mind coming and doing it today. “
Viviana Muska thought it was the right thing to do.
“Because it is my duty to protect my family, to protect the members of my community
Supermarket worker Kathy Height flipped the vaccine.
“I wasn’t going to do that and then I got old parents. I thought oh yes anything, you know, but then where I don’t work and my parents are in my bubble I want them safe They are old as well as old. “
He said the situation across the gorge helped him change his mind.
“What’s happening there, like in Australia, is that it’s never going to go away, and at the end of the day, it’s a little bit in your arm, and then you’re safe.”
If another stimulus was needed to obtain the vaccine, only Tarnaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth would have to queue for covid testing.
Hundreds of people there were worried that they might have brought the virus to Taranaki.
The driver, who RNZ agreed to remain anonymous, had a story similar to the one in line.
“My daughter has just arrived from Auckland and has been in contact with someone 101 times.”
To the same mother
“The daughters have just returned from Auckland and there was an area of interest and that’s why it’s being investigated.”
Some of the people in the queue also had symptoms.
“We just have a runny nose and we were in Auckland so we thought we would go and test.”
The Tarnaki District Health Board said about 500 people were tested across the province on Wednesday and 160 were tested in New Plymouth by noon yesterday.
So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange.
The DHB was reopening its main vaccination centers in New Plymouth and Hovera on Friday, but warned shots to wear masks, maintain social distance and be prepared for delays.
This is an official COVID-19 alert.
All New Zealand. Coved 19 Alert is now at Level 4.
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