Vaccination rollout proceeds apace

File photo: RNZ
File photo: RNZ
The Southern DHB’s vaccine rollout continues to ramp up, more than a week into Alert Level 4 lockdown.

Covid-19 vaccine programme lead Hamish Brown said 212,714 vaccines had been delivered in the Southern district by Tuesday night, 84,441 in the Dunedin area.

The proportion of the Dunedin population over 16 now fully vaccinated stands at 21.1%.

Mr Brown said all vaccine providers in Dunedin continued to operate through Level 4, although some might have a reduced capacity due to restrictions and/or swabbing activity.

‘‘Therefore, some members of the public may receive a notification postponing their appointment and asking them to rebook another appointment,’’ he said.

The Southern DHB is asking people who receive this message not to turn up to their original appointment and follow the instructions to reschedule via www.bookmyvaccine.nz or 0800 28 29 26.

To help people find vaccination clinics, the Southern DHB has launched a map-based clinic finder, at www.southernhealth.nz/COVID19/clinics

When you book your appointment you will be prompted to book your second dose at the same time.

If your first dose was a walk-in/drive-in appointment and you did not book in for your second dose at that time, you can go online and select the option to book a second dose appointment.

If you wish to change the location of your appointment, please call 080028-29-26.

Contact tracing

All Public Health Units across New Zealand, including Public Health South, are following up with symptomatic contacts throughout New Zealand while they isolate. Sixty people are involved in contact tracing, working a seven-day roster with 20 to 30 staff on each shift.

There are at least 50 ‘‘close contacts’’ of confirmed Covid-19 cases isolating in the Southern district.

Hospital services

Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming said urgent medical care was being undertaken at Southern hospitals during lockdown, where face-to-face treatment is needed. Both planned and urgent consultations are also being conducted by telehealth where appropriate.

Oncology treatment also continues to be provided.

‘‘Emergency departments are operating as usual and we ask people needing emergency care not to delay seeking treatment,’’ Mr Fleming said.

‘‘However we ask that patients keep ED for emergencies and access care from their GP where appropriate to do so.’’

Visiting restrictions continue to apply.

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