Sunday, November 28

Auckland vaccination clinic is back on track, but with few numbers


An Auckland vaccination clinic is making about half the numbers it had before closing, but is relieved to be back up and running.

South Seas Health CEO Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo at the Otara Vaccination Center

South Seas Healthcare CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo says the center administers about 300 injections a day.
Photo: RNZ / Rowan Quinn

Many clinics resumed yesterday after a one-day hiatus to implement alert level 4 protocols, but were immunizing fewer people.

The executive director of the South Seas vaccination center in Ōtara, Silao Vaisola-Sefo, said they were normally administering up to 700 injections a day, but would only be doing about 300 at level 4.

That was mainly so they could increase social distancing.

They were restricting people who could enter the center, and the nurse was sorting them out at the door, he said.

Families could still get vaccinated together, but they had to go through the whole process like a bubble, sticking together rather than spreading, he said.

They wouldn’t need so many vaccinators, so many had been reassigned to their Covid testing center, which had been extremely busy, he said.

Theo Gerristen was vaccinated yesterday at the Poneke Rugby fields in Wellington.

Due to a mix-up, he was there last week as well, saying that at level 4 it looked very different.

There were less than half the people there, and there were a lot of checks and questions.

He had been anxious beforehand to get out to be surrounded by lots of people, but felt reassured by the protocols.

The director of the Immunization Counseling Center, Dr. Nikki Turner, said how much the progress of vaccination in the country slowed would depend on the length of the shutdown.

A few days wouldn’t make a big difference, he said.

“But if it’s a few weeks, we will really have to be very creative to get our clinics back in large numbers, with good social distancing,” he said.

Vaisola-Sefo said the clinic was already planning how to catch up after closing, with mobile and church clinics.

A new 0800 reservation number, aimed at Pacific people in Auckland, was launched today, he said.

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