An Auckland Vaccination Clinic is doing about half the number before the lockdown – but it’s comfortable to come back and run.
Several clinics reopened yesterday after a one-day break to receive the Alert Level 4 protocol, but fewer people were vaccinated.
Silao Vesola Sefo, chief executive of the South Seas Vaccination Center in Satara, said he usually gives up to 700 injections a day, but he only gives about 300 injections at level 4.
It was primarily to increase social distance.
He said he was restricting those who could enter the center, but the nurse tried him at the gate.
“Families can still be vaccinated together, but the whole process has to go through a bubble, which stays close to each other instead of spreading,” he said.
He said he would not need so many vaccinators that many people have been re-assigned to his coveted testing center, which was very busy.
Theo Gerston was vaccinated yesterday at the Poonke Rugby Grounds in Wellington.
Because of the mixing, he was there last week too – and said that at level 4 it looks very different.
There were less than half the people – and lots of checks and questions.
He was already anxious to get around a lot of people, but he was reassured by the protocol.
Dr Nicky Turner, director of the Immunization Advisory Center, said the slow pace of vaccination in the country would depend on the length of the lockdown.
“Some days it won’t make much difference,” he said.
“But if it’s a matter of a few weeks, we have to be very creative about bringing our clinic back to large numbers with good social distance,” he said.
Vesola Sefo said the clinic was already planning how to get caught after a lockdown with a mobile and church clinic.
He said a new 0800 booking number for Pacific people in Auckland is being launched today.
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