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With an estimated 250,000 essential workers, healthcare and social assistance is by far the largest workforce for essential workers.
An additional Covid 19 vaccination clinic will come online in Temaro on Monday as the South Canterbury District Health Board responds to the growing demand from the community.
“The new vaccination clinic is capable of delivering more than 2,000 Covid vaccines,” Jason Power, the board’s interim chief executive, said Friday.
According to the Ministry of Health’s website, the news of the week-long clinic came after the SCDHB vaccination rate fell 1% (502) from its target on August 15.
The data said that SCDHB had given 36,231 doses as compared to the planned 36,733 but also showed that an additional 1,588 doses have been given since August 15, which means new vaccinations. The clinic has the potential to more than double the number of vaccinations over the next week.
The new vaccination clinic will be held Monday through Friday at Alpine House, 24 Elgin Shire Street, Washdeck from 9am to 4:30 pm. It is important to cover the mask or face and people should keep a distance of two meters at all times.
On Friday, the SCDHB confirmed that the working days of a pop-up Covid 19 testing station in Temaro have been extended further when it tested more than 200 people in its first day and a day and a half of operation. Gone
The clinic, at Baptist Church on Wilson St., tested 60 people in four hours on Wednesday and another 149 on Thursday.
After two extensions in the last two days, the testing clinic will now remain open until Wednesday, Power said.
In all, 498 people were tested in South Canterbury on Wednesday and Thursday, of whom 174 and 115 were tested in general practice, respectively.
Power said about 100 people on the SCDHB roster are working in both Covid 19 testing and vaccination clinics.
“The biggest challenge is to quickly rebuild the Covid 19 vaccination clinic to make sure it meets Alert Level 4 rules, such as keeping people 2 meters away and checking masks for everyone. To ensure the safety of both the public and the staff.
“Staff have responded quickly and have done an excellent job of ensuring that both the Covid 19 test and the vaccination clinic meet the Alert Level 4 rules.”
Power added that all planned surgeries and / or outpatient appointments are canceled unless otherwise advised.
“The SCDHB will contact patients directly to advise on whether their planned surgery and / or outpatient appointments are proceeding. Please note that our trauma and trauma services continue as usual. Will remain
Power said there has been no change in his advice to the South Canterbury community – “If you have symptoms of a cold or flu, please get tested.
Power said the next dates for the Covid 19 testing clinic will be reviewed next week and “they can continue on demand.”
“People can also be tested in general practice in South Canterbury, please visit. Health Point website For a complete list of Covedition 19 testing services available in South Canterbury.
Hours of Wilson St. Testing Clinic are:
- Saturday 9am to 4pm.
- Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday 8.30am – 5pm.
- Tuesday 9 am – 4.30pm.
- Wednesday 9am to 4:30 pm