Tūranga Health in partnership with Hauora Tairāwhiti, Te Runanga o Tūranganui A Kiwa, Toitū Tairāwhiti and Trust Tairāwhiti are set to launch a Drive Through Vaccination Centre.
The drive through will open to the community Wednesday 1 September and will assist parents of young children, elderly and those with medical dependencies to receive their vaccinations.
The drive through will operate from Harry Barker Reserve using the main entrance located on Gladstone Road. The centre is open 10am-4pm and run for at least seven days or until Alert Level 2 has been achieved.
Tūranga Health CEO Reweti Ropiha said “we are excited to have been able to pull this operation together over the past fourdays. My staff have put in the hard yards to be able to drive this kaupapa, to turn this site on and provide for our community.”
Whānau must be ready for their journey through the vaccination site. It is important to note that entry is from Gladstone Road only, make sure you use the toilet before you come, bring your whānau and your masks with you, ensure that the kids have snacks and games to keep them entertained for the whole time including the 15 minute observation period after vaccination. Please stay in your vehicle at all times, and ensure you wear appropriate clothing so we can access your upper arm easily.
We will accept cars or 8-seater people movers only. No motorbikes or people on foot. No appointment required – just drive in.
The centre is organised into three separate zones. Zone 1: drivers stop to get registered. Zone 2: get the vaccine administered. Zone 3: wait and be observed for 15 minutes before leaving.
If people are feeling unwell during their observation period, they should toot their car horn and turn on their hazard lights.
The drive through centre requires 40 staff per day. An instructional video has been produced to give users insight to the operation – visit the Hauora Tairāwhiti Facebook Page.
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