Southern district vaccinations pass the 10,000 milestone

Almost 2400 people received their first Covid-19 vaccinations in Queenstown last week, about 1200 of them frontline health workers.

Those people took the Southern district’s Covid vaccination programme past 10,000.

Vaccination clinics opened at the Wakatipu and Queenstown medical centres last Saturday, while teams continued to work through the week to vaccinate border workers and frontline health workers.

Southern District Health Board Covid-19 vaccine rollout incident controller Hamish Brown said it had been a "fantastic collective effort" and he was grateful to the board’s partners, including WellSouth and general practices.

"This is a huge step towards protecting our frontline healthcare and border workforce when the travel bubble opens on Monday."

In Queenstown the clinic would reopen in about three weeks to provide second dose vaccinations, and cater for any of those eligible who were unable to attend over the past week.

Mr Brown said an additional clinic might be scheduled to ensure the growing border workforce needs were met.

Wanaka frontline healthcare workers were vaccinated at a clinic there on Saturday, while further clinics will open in Alexandra, Cromwell, Clyde, Roxburgh and Ranfurly "in the coming weeks", he said.

tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

 

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