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“We’ve seen a great response from the public so far but now we are getting to the last push. In order to protect the people and things we love, we need as many people as possible to get vaccinated so if you haven’t already had yours, now is the time. If you have, please share your experience and offer support to friends and whānau who may be struggling with the decision,” Southern COVID-19 vaccine programme lead Hamish Brown said.
If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine, or have specific questions relating to an existing condition, you can call 0800 28 29 26 free to talk to a clinician. This call can be anonymous and Te reo speakers are also available.
You can find answers to commonly asked questions, such as “does the vaccine affect fertility?”, “is it safe if I have a health condition?” and “what are the side effects?”, on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
Home visits and transport options
If you know someone who has a disability, mental illness or health condition that makes accessing a COVID-19 vaccine hard, please support them in completing our online webform.
We will follow up with all individuals to discuss their needs and assist them in accessing a COVID-19 vaccination.
A number of free transport solutions are available across the district.
- Dunedin: Orbus buses are free to anyone with proof of a vaccination booking
- Queenstown: Orbus buses are free to anyone with proof of a vaccination booking
- Nomads offer a free ride to vaccination with a referral from a disability service provider. Talk to your provider to arrange this.
- District-wide: If you live in a rural area and have a disability or health condition, Healthline can assist you with transport. Please call 0800 28 29 26 to arrange a solution.
In the Southern District, we want to vaccinate at least 90% of the population by Christmas and have capacity to meet demand so we strongly encourage anyone who has not yet received theirs yet to get it now so we can all get back to the things we love as soon as possible. No appointments are required at vaccinating pharmacies, mass vaccination centres and some general practices. Or, if you prefer to plan ahead, book now through www.bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26.
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