Chance to 'Jabaseat' on Super Saturday

Jabaseat: Air New Zealand has invited a limited number of passengers to get vaccinated on a plane...
Jabaseat: Air New Zealand has invited a limited number of passengers to get vaccinated on a plane. Photo: Supplied
Kiwis have the chance to get jabbed on a jet this Saturday, as Air New Zealand reveals plans for a unique vaccine clinic in Auckland.

A Boeing 787 will be used as a drop-in vaccination centre to get Covid-19 vaccinations.

Dubbed "Jabaseat" the airline's Chief Safety Officer, Captain David Morgan, says it's a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity.

Vaccines will be administered between 9am and 5pm out of the Air New Zealand hanger on Laurence Stevens Drive in South Auckland.

"We know Aucklanders have been doing it tough recently and we hope the idea of boarding an international aircraft for the first time in a long while will lift some spirits - while also encouraging people to protect themselves,"  Morgan said.

Jabaseat will be held to boost turnout on Super Saturday. The weekend vaccine drive was announced by Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins today, along with a televised 'TV Jabathon'.

"We're getting ready to reunite families and fly Kiwis to their holiday destinations - but first New Zealand needs to get vaccinated. The more who can get involved with Super Saturday, the better."

Jabs will take place in the plane's Business Premier cabin, with people then moving through to Economy for a refreshment while they wait the required 15-minute period of supervision.

Wear face masks and physical distancing must take place to ensure customer and crew safety.

Earlier this month, Air New Zealand announced a "no jab, no fly" policy for international travel.

Chief executive Greg Foran said that the airline would not be accepting bookings from unvaccinated passengers after February 1 next year.

Seats can be booked via the Ministry of Health's Book My Vaccine website. Spaces are extremely limited.


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