The Bay of Plenty District Health Board – DHB – continues its mobile Covid-19 vaccination series, with events taking place this weekend in Te Puke, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki.

Covid-19 vaccination centers are also open in Tauranga Central and Tauranga Crossing.

Drive-in events will take place at the Commerce Lane car park in Te Puke on Saturday and Sunday, at the Ron Hardie Leisure Center in Kawerau on Saturday and at Waiotahi Beach in Ōpōtiki on Saturday. All events are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Tauranga, vaccination centers are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tauranga Central – Covid Vaccination Center, 87 First Avenue, Tauranga, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Undercover Crossing Carpark at Crossing Shopping Centre, 2 Taurikura Drive.

“Haere mai, e te whānau, anyone aged five and over should come to get the best protection against the virus by getting vaccinated,” says Brent Gilbert-De Rios, Bay of Plenty’s Senior Covid-19 Program Manager DHB.

“And, if it’s been at least three months since your second injection and you’re 18 or older, it’s time to get your booster.”

“We are grateful to vaccine suppliers AvaNiu Pasifika and the Pacific Island Community (Tauranga) Trust for partnering with us on Te Puke drive-ins. This vaccine deployment is a collaborative partnership across the bay,” says Brent.

The Kawerau Covid-19 vaccination drive-in at The Ron Hardie Recreation Center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 5. Photo: SunLive.

The DHB says this series of drive-thru services aims to make it easy and safe for families to get vaccinated and vaccinated, thereby protecting residents from the worst outcomes of the Omicron outbreak. Covid-19 cases reached 1,332 yesterday, but more than 50,000 people (31%) remain eligible for their booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Ministry of Health reports that three doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine protect against infection and symptomatic infection for Omicron.

“Omicron is here, and we need to protect ourselves and our community from the worst of the virus. Please boost yourself,” Brent implores.

The boosters reduce the chances of getting very sick from Omicron or requiring hospitalization, and help reduce the spread to whānau and the community, Brent says.

“While two shots was great protection against Delta, we need to be boosted for Omicron,” says Brent

The Ministry of Health recommends vaccinating children aged five and over against Covid-19 to keep them safe and help protect whānau and communities from the virus. Nearly 40% of children aged 5 to 11 in the district have received their first dose of the pediatric Covid-19 vaccine.

Vaccine provider Poutiri Trust is also hosting a vaccination event at the Rangiuru club halls in Te Puke on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board Whakatāne Covid-19 Community Vaccination Center at 11 Quay Street will be closed this Saturday March 5 to support drive-in events. The Community Immunization Center will reopen Sunday, March 6 at 8 a.m. On Saturday, residents of Whakatāne can instead get their shots at the Unichem Total Health Pharmacy, open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Te Puke Covid-19 Vaccination Drive-Through Tour

Commerce Lane car park, behind New World – Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March, 10am-3pm

Kawerau Covid-19 vaccination drive-in

Ron Hardie Recreation Center, Onslow Street – Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ōpōtiki Covid-19 vaccination drive-in

Waiotahi Beach – Saturday March 5, 10am-3pm

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