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There is a sense of urgency at the vaccination clinic in Tarnaki.

Hundreds of Central Tarnaki residents endured heavy rains and long queues to attend a small-scale large-scale vaccination ceremony in Stratford.

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The weather did not discourage those who wanted a vaccine in Stratford.
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The clinic had 800 bookings and could accommodate 900 people.

Earlier this month A similar first dose event provided about 24,400 shots., While another 500 were unused that day.

By mid-morning, a line of masked men, desperately trying to maintain a social distance, snatched Miranda Street and wrapped itself around the St Ford War Memorial Center.

The echo of a large-scale community event at the clinic two weeks ago was immediately replaced with a sense.

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Truck driver Steve, who had reconsidered the vaccine, was in line.

“I thought this vaccination needed to be tested for a long time and I would see what happens, but I think now I am more likely to have something more serious, so yes, it’s time to get it. I think.

“I still have my reservation, but I think we will need to do something in the future. Whether we travel or wherever we go, we will need some kind of confirmation that we have been vaccinated. Is. . “

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Steve has reconsidered the need for vaccinations.
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Steve was worried about John Watts who was in line with him.

“I’m happy to stand in line and of course there can be trouble anywhere, but when you meet such an old man in the rain and book at 9.10 in the morning it is not good, but hey I think We have to bear it. “

It’s not that Watts was worried about himself.

“Well, that’s something I don’t understand at all. I’m 83 and why are they asking us adults to get vaccinated when younger children need it more.”

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John Watts believes that vaccinating young people is more important than people his age.
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She said Tarnaki District Health Board staff came to see her as she waited in line.

“They came out and gave me a chair because I got a walking stick. They’re wonderful, absolutely wonderful.”

Rachel Court, operational planner for the vaccination program, said the Level 4 ban meant the clinic at the War Memorial Center could not vaccinate as many people as before and the queue was long.

“The biggest thing is safety. The actual process is exactly the same as it usually is with vaccine shortages and administration.

“The things we have to be careful about are a distance of 2 meters, masks for the people who come in, hand washing and we have to make sure that when the people come in and they are fine, they get a health check. ۔ “

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Rachel Court says immunizations are a priority in clinics.
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The court said there was a similar initial rush at the first large-scale vaccination clinic.

“So it’s not so much that we weren’t expecting people, but maybe there are other people we were expecting today, especially with regard to Walk.”

DHB staff set up a second line for the walk-in, which included front-line workers at Stratford’s supermarkets who were being vaccinated without being booked.

Rob Nixon, who was standing in line with the whole family, including two teenagers, could understand why there was a line.

“I guess that’s all changed because of Level 4, so I’m sure if we weren’t at Level 4 it would have happened very quickly. That’s what we have. Anyway today.”

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Rob Nixon and his family
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Wendy Hunger said the Delta expansion was a game changer and she was ready to line up in the rain to get her first shock.

“Because it gives you an idea of ​​how fast a coyote can move and with a second jolt it means you’re not going to take it so hard. You’ll get it but not so hard. If I It’s worth standing in the rain so I can see my mokopona and my mom. “

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