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Craig Williams, owner of New World Vitara, receives his vaccine from practice nurse Rebecca Salter at the Toi Ora Vaccination Center at Knox Church Hall on Thursday.
Supermarket staff took a few minutes off Thursday to get vaccinated against Covid 19.
Toi Ora, a Maori health provider in Tarnaki, runs a vaccination clinic in Vitara on Thursdays and Fridays.
Craig Williams, owner of New World Vitara, said he managed to vaccinate as many of his staff as possible.
Williams said he administered the vaccine Wednesday when the country went into an Alert Level 4.
“They are frontline staff,” he said of his staff.
It was great that they could accommodate us. It was really good. “
He said the process went like a ‘clock work’ and would make the staff feel a little easier.
Twain Ora clinical nurse lead Robin Taylor said she vaccinated 144 people at the clinic, which is being held at Knox Church Hall.
“We also had a lot of walks. ”
He said 130 people have already booked for Friday, so they have to be careful about how many walks they can take.
“But we’re trying to get as many people as possible. ”
Next week the clinic is in Openake from Tuesday to Friday, and also in Mokao on Tuesday and Orinoi on Wednesday.
They have reservations, but they will also take people who go in.
“Since we moved to Level 4, more people want vaccines.”
He said Toi Ora wants to reach out to the Pacific and Maori communities because they are weak.
“We did some educational sessions with Kamatova, which was really good. ”
Only 1,366 Tarnaki Maori – or 9.66% of those over 16 years of age – have been fully vaccinated, compared to 12,530 – or 13.15% of the general population.
The Taranaki DHB covers a population of approximately 120,000, of which 20% are Maori.
In recent Large-scale vaccination event in Stratford, 2,395 were vaccinated – but only 107 of those who received them were Maori.
While vaccinations continued across the country on Thursday, two major vaccination centers in Tarnaki – New Plymouth and Hoveira – were closed, and people were asked to reschedule appointments.
Rachel Court, Taranaki Coved 19 Vaccination Program Operations Lead, will open on Friday under Level 4 conditions, so people will have to wear face masks and maintain a distance of two meters.
People with vaccination appointments at any Tarnaki vaccination clinic are being asked to keep them – but be patient if the waiting time is longer than expected.
“We also ask that people not rush to their appointments, and that they be patient, even if the waiting times are longer than expected because of the restrictions under which we need to work.”
The court said building more capacity in the program going forward is part of their future plans.
Early appointments, whether by booking online or by phone, have at least eight weeks left in Taranaki.