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Brody West, 18, mother Asha, Corbyn, 14, and father Jonathan waited more than an hour to get their Cove 19 vaccination, but they didn’t mind when the sun came up.
Leaving home during the lockdown was a family affair in the West, but they weren’t breaking the rules – they were joining the hundreds of people who had gathered in Stratford to get their Quaid 19 vaccine.
On Friday, Central Taranaki residents, wearing their masks and waiting in line for about an hour, circled the War Memorial Center and fled to Miranda St. Footpath, when they received their first Pfizer at another community vaccination clinic. To do
The same number of people will be on Saturday.
Asha and Jonathan West, and their children, 18-year-old Brody and 14-year-old Corbyn, lined up for over an hour – and the door was open.
* Taranaki leaders fear the region is “not ready” for the Delta to expand.
* Vitara New World staff spends some time vaccinating.
* In Stratford, hundreds of Tarnaki participated in the large-scale vaccination event of Covid 19.
The farmers joked with their workers that they would be there for the afternoon milk themselves.
“Some people are worried about the line,” said Jonathan.
Asha added, “I think it’s a great turnout, and it’s sunny.”
The Engelwood family, who own land in Stratford, had recently booked, and Corbyn was happy to learn that he had asthma.
The Beckett family is happy to be eligible for the vaccine for young people over the age of 12.
Sharon and Michael were booked for about two weeks, and the new rules mean their 14-year-old daughter Kate and 13-year-old Holly can also meet.
Although the teen was a little nervous, Sharon joked: “We’re just as excited as anyone to get our job.”
Nicole Lester had her first meal at the first event, but the news that her 12-year-old son Oli Lester Hardman was enough to take her back.
Lester said his son turned 12 in May, and because he had three younger siblings and an immunocompromised grandparent, it was “no brainer.”
She was “kind of expecting” more people than last time, but said the length of the line surprised her.
Mayor Neil Wolzke, who was wearing a mask with a dinosaur on it, was in his office in the morning and could not believe the number of people waiting patiently.
“It’s great to see so many people take the opportunity to get vaccinated.”
Wolzke got his first shock at the last event, and was proud to say that he was one of the 2,386 people who did so.
However, he said it was a matter of concern that Tarnaki had the slowest vaccination rollout.
“We have a lot to do,” Wolzke said. “We are weaker than the virus.”
Outside the center, he took the opportunity to press Poly Caitlin Mabry, a communications consultant for the Taranaki Cowed 19 Vaccination Program.
Pointing to the number of people in line, Wolzke asked if Stratford could get another vaccination program.
Catlin-Maybury said they are currently considering plans.
He said some people were annoyed by the wait on Friday, but said he could wait so long for doctors, and sometimes he had to go to the doctor with his dog.
It is better to wait an hour than not to get vaccinated.
On Friday, the Taranaki District Health Board said more than 46,000 doses of the vaccine had been given in the area.
A spokesman said they could have taken 1,600 bookings in the first day, but the social distance guidelines meant they would have to halve the number.