Town’s GP practices first in region to offer Covid vaccine

It will be business as usual in Gore GP practices as they become part of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

The Gore Health Centre and the Gore Medical Centre will be the first health clinics to directly offer the vaccine in the Southern District Health Board area.

They would also continue to operate as normal during the vaccinations.

Up until now people had been vaccinated in special clinics.

WellSouth director of nursing Wendy Findlay said it would be a "milestone day" for the district.

"It’s a good population size to try things with," Mrs Findlay said.

Gore Health business manager Rhonda Reid said next week the GP practices would start contacting group three patients, who were over 65 years old or had an existing health condition.

"We will ring with their bookings," Mrs Reid said.

People would need to be vaccinated twice and it would take until June for everyone in group three to be vaccinated.

Vaccinations for the general population would not start until mid-July.

"People need to be patient because it is more difficult than the flu vaccine and it will be a longer rollout.

"What we are putting in place now will last for five to six months."

A one-off clinic would be held today to vaccinate healthcare workers.

 - Sandy Eggleston

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