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Rural Covid-19 vaccination weekend planned for South Canterbury

A rural vaccination super weekend is being held in South Canterbury to make the Covid-19 vaccine more accessible to people living in isolated areas. Alex Bryce, of Timaru, with Kristi Meehan and nurse Jane Dunbar during last month’s national Super Saturday.

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A rural vaccination super weekend is being held in South Canterbury to make the Covid-19 vaccine more accessible to people living in isolated areas. Alex Bryce, of Timaru, with Kristi Meehan and nurse Jane Dunbar during last month’s national Super Saturday.

People in isolated areas of South Canterbury are being targetted in a rural vaccination drive.

A Rural Super Weekend will be held on Friday to Sunday, with walk in clinics throughout Mackenzie and Waimate, in a bid to reach the Government’s target of 90 per cent fully vaccinated.

The region is just 8109 doses away from reaching that target, according to Ministry of Health data as at 11.59pm on Sunday.

The data also shows, 39,217 people are double jabbed in South Canterbury, while 45,539 have had a first dose, and 7045 people have had no doses at all.

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In the Mackenzie, which has had a slow uptake of the vaccine compared to urban areas in South Canterbury, 824 people still need to get their second doses .

Of the 4141 of those eligible for the vaccine in the area, 2903 are fully vaccinated and 3645 have had first doses.

So far 39,217 people are double jabbed in South Canterbury.

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So far 39,217 people are double jabbed in South Canterbury.

In Waimate, with a population of 6937, 4840 are fully vaccinated, while 5869 have had their first dose.

More than 1300 vaccinations were delivered across South Canterbury on a drive dubbed Super Saturday last month.

South Canterbury District Health Board Covid-19 vaccination senior responsible officer Ruth Kibble said from Friday to Sunday no appointments were necessary at the rural walk in clinics.

People just needed to turn up, she said.

“The more of us fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against Covid-19, and the more freedom this gives us. This is our shot people . . . get two shots for summer.”

She said vaccinations were one of them most powerful tools against the virus and free for everyone over the age of 12.

“Please note masks or face coverings must be worn and people must keep two metres apart at all times.”

South Canterbury District Health Board Covid-19 vaccination senior responsible officer Ruth Kibble is hoping more people in isolated areas will take up the offer of a free Covid-19 vaccine during the Rural Super Weekend from Friday to Sunday.

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South Canterbury District Health Board Covid-19 vaccination senior responsible officer Ruth Kibble is hoping more people in isolated areas will take up the offer of a free Covid-19 vaccine during the Rural Super Weekend from Friday to Sunday.

Kibble said if someone had a disability, mental illness, or health condition that made accessing a clinic difficult they could email kberry@scdhb.health.nz and someone would be in contact with an assistance plan.

Rural Super Weekend walk in clinics are:

Friday, November 5

Takapō/Tekapo, Godley Hotel, Lake Tekapo – 11am – 2pm

Glenavy Drive-Through Clinic, Glenavy School, 19 Ruane Street, Glenavy – 11am – 2pm. Free sausage sizzle

Saturday, November 6

Mackenzie HealthCare Twizel, 3a Benmore Pl, Twizel – 9am – 3.30pm

Twizel Medical Centre, 15 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel – 9am -1pm

Oak House Medical Centre, 161 Queen St, Waimate -1pm-4pm

Waimate Rugby Club, Wall St, Waimate 9am – 3pm

Sunday, November 7

Waihao Forks Vaccination Clinic, Waihao Forks Hotel, Stoney Creek Rd, Waimate – 12pm-2pm. Free sausage sizzle



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