Hawke’s Bay COVID-19 vaccinations go mobile

Mobile vaccination clinics are on their way to Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay this week as the DHB, together with Hauora providers, iwi and Tihei Mauri ora work together to reach Hawke’s Bay’s unvaccinated population.

Hawke’s Bay DHB COVID-19 Senior Responsible Officer Chris McKenna said while Hawke’s Bay’s population had achieved 86% of first doses and 74% fully vaccinated, providers were working together to find new ways to vaccinate harder to reach communities.

“These mobile vans are another avenue where we will be reaching out to our Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay communities first, followed by Napier and Hastings in the coming weeks,” said Mrs Mckenna.

“While our region is seeing great uptake of the vacine, we still have a way to go and we hope these vans will reach people those who are yet to have their first, or are due their second dose.”

Mrs McKenna said vaccination clinics at the weekend saw more than 3000 people get vaccinated with Hawke’s Bay’s Māori population achieving the 70% milestone of people having had at least one dose of the vaccine.

“This is a great milestone for our Māori communities as more than 1270 came forward to get vaccinated at the weekend, but we have more work to do to reach a truly equitable uptake.” 

Outreach vans run by Choices – Kahungunu Health Services for mobile in-home vaccinations were another popular option for people who could freephone 0800 22 68 43 to book a vaccine at home. 

“All of these intiatives help to support vaccine uptake across the region so we can start to live more normal lives once fully vaccinated.

“There are ample opportunities to get vaccinated at pharmacies, GPs, Māori health clinics or DHB-led clinics. 

“Getting vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19 and anyone aged 12 and over are eligible.”

Mrs McKenna said the DHB was in its final planning stages of a follow-up to Super Saturday ‘2nd shot weekend’ to be held this weekend, 13 and 14 November, with more details to follow.

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