Greater than 1500 individuals have been vaccinated on the primary day of New Zealand’s largest drive-through vaccination centre in South Auckland.
Twenty-seven vaccinators administered doses to 1577 individuals on the pop-up vaccination centre on the Park and Experience web site at Auckland Airport.
These vaccinated included individuals who have been invited after their bookings have been disrupted final week as a result of stage 4 lockdown. The centre’s preliminary focus is on vaccinating individuals who have to re-book, airport workers and important staff.
Solely individuals with invites are welcome and so they can deliver their whānau/bubble with them (however solely these 12 and over), and there should be not less than one different individual within the automotive.
Northern Area Well being Coordination Centre programme director Matt Hannant mentioned he was happy with how the primary day went however there shall be classes to take into day two and past.
“We had despatched out appointments for 1000 individuals at present so we’re happy to have exceeded these numbers which exhibits that individuals have heard the decision to deliver their whānau and bubble alongside to get vaccinated on the identical time.
“At the moment was about ensuring the method labored effectively and we noticed early on how environment friendly this mannequin might be so we opened up appointments to a barely bigger group.”
At 3pm organisers determined to shut off any additional entries so they may get by way of the 300 to 400 vehicles already inside earlier than the centre closed down at 4.30pm.
Some individuals who have been in line could have been turned away, and the centre apologised for the inconvenience, Hannant mentioned. They have been all requested to return tomorrow.
The drive-through will reopen at 8.30am tomorrow and run for not less than the following week. They hope to vaccinate about 2000 individuals a day.
“We actually need to thank everybody who has made this primary day come collectively so effectively. We’ll be making some modifications in a single day primarily based on what we learnt at present to make sure issues are even smoother tomorrow, this can embrace some extra workers approaching web site to hurry up processing and vaccine preparation,” Hannant mentioned.
“We additionally perceive that there could have been some individuals turning up at present who didn’t have appointments, we’d ask that if individuals do not need an invite, to please keep at residence till you might be invited.
“Employees are doing their easiest to make sure that solely these with appointments are allowed into the location so we ask that persons are affected person and wait till they’re invited.”
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