Sports centre turns vaccination hub

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Shot in the arm...Gore Medical Centre regis tered nurse Shona Davie gives Andrea Robins of Mandeville a Covid-19 vaccine injection. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Gore Medical Centre staff have found a new use for Gore’s Multisport Complex – the stadium has been transformed into a Covid-19 vaccination clinic.

The clinic started last week and will run until the end of the week.

Centre practice manager Petria Falconer said after the Alert Level 4 lockdown the practice could not vaccinate as many people.

“We’ve had hundreds of people who have had to be cancelled,” Miss Falconer said.

“We’ve opened up our bookings to cover the people who have been cancelled and anyone else currently off work who couldn’t book in previously.”

People still needed to book, but she encouraged those who had already done so elsewhere to keep that appointment.

“It’s not just a big free-for-all as we want to make sure we have enough doses available on the day.”

Last Friday 270 people were vaccinated and a further 230 on Monday.

“We’re aiming to do up to 260 a day if the demand is there.”

Gore Aquatic Services manager Martin Mackereth and his staff had been very accommodating to enable the complex to be used, she said.

Southern District Health Board Covid-19 vaccine programme lead Hamish Brown said 11,204 vaccines had been delivered in the territorial local authority (TLA) of Gore.

More than a third of those were second doses.

“This equates to roughly 48.1% of the population having one dose and 28% of the population fully vaccinated,” Mr Brown said.

Nationally, 47.8% of the population has had one dose and 26.2% is fully vaccinated.

In Gore, Covid-19 vaccinations are available at Gore Health, Mataura Elderly Citizens Welfare Centre, Quins Gore Pharmacy, La Hood’s Chemist and Gore Medical Centre.

  • Bookings for all locations can be made through bookmyvaccine.nz, or over the phone by calling 0800 28 29 26. From September 1 all age groups are eligible to book their vaccination.