The Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland vaccination campaign will intensify this weekend with free ice cream, hot dogs, live music and prizes at vaccination centers and pop-up events throughout the city.
Super Saturday will also see a dozen pop-up events taking place across the city.
There is 13 percent of the city’s eligible population who have not yet received their first dose.
At today’s Covid-19 press conference at 1pm today, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson highlighted his favorite event scheduled for this week.
Air New Zealand is also transforming one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft into a vaccine clinic, offering the opportunity for 300 people to get vaccinated in business class. Those places have already been filled.
“Auckland residents will be able to board this ‘Jaba seat’ flight to receive their vaccination and enjoy Air New Zealand’s first-class customer service,” said Robertson.
He encouraged the public to support the various events planned for this weekend.
Opening hours at most of the 16 community vaccination centers and car tours have been extended especially during the day.
The CBD vaccination center is decked out in rainbow decorations and there will be live music, a sausage sizzle, and cash prizes.
In Albany, there will be free coffee, a visit to Mr Whippy’s truck, prizes and chocolate fish given out to those who receive their fix.
Many of the mobile vaccination buses and vans, all operated by Maori and Pacific provider partners, will be in the community.
Celebrities, including sports stars and television personalities, will make appearances at select venues throughout the day.
More than 70 general practices and more than a dozen pharmacies involved in the vaccine launch are also opening their doors especially for the day.
Mairangi Medical Center staff are dressing up in a Save Our Summer theme and Papatoetoe Family Doctors staff are handing out free hot chicken along with each dose of vaccine.
North Region Health Coordination Center (NRHCC) program director Matt Hannant urges all people who are yet to get their first dose to come in, as well as people who need their second dose. Second doses can be administered 21 days after the first dose.
“Summer is eight weeks away, so we encourage everyone to get vaccinated this weekend to help ensure they are ready to go out and enjoy the summer,” he said.
“Go down, have a sausage or a coffee and take any whānau with you too.
“Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself and your whānau from Covid-19. With Covid-19 cases in the community, this weekend is a really important time to get your questions answered and get vaccinated.
Activities at the vaccination site
- Birkenhead Vaccination Center, Highbury Mall, next to Paper Plus Store, Birkenhead, 8:00 a.m. M. At 8:00 p. M. There will be one-off prizes donated by local businesses, a large balloon display at the entrance to the mall.
- Albany Vaccination Center, Oaklands Road, last building at the end of Oaklands Road from 8:00 a.m. M. At 8:30 p. M. There will be a coffee cart in the morning, handing out chocolate fish to the vaccinated, a visit to Mr Whippy’s truck, summer theme, cash prizes, and decorating booth games.
- Orewa Vaccination Center, Orewa Service Center, 50 Centreway, Orewa, 8:00 a.m. M. At 7:30 p. M. There will be a beach theme with costumed staff and live music.
- Henderson Vaccination Center, 28-30 Catherine St, Henderson, 8:00 a.m. M. At 8:00 p. M. There will be hangi, DJs, entertainment and spot awards.
- Westgate Vaccination Center, 11 Westgate Drive, Westgate, 8:30 am to 6:30 pm M. At 4 p. M. There will be an ice cream truck, ice blocks, coffee cart, cash prizes, costumed staff, and island themed activities.
- Mt Wellington Vaccination Center, 95-105 Leonard Road, Mt Wellington, 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM M. At 6 p. M. There will be a sizzle of hot dogs, gifts donated by local businesses.
- CBD Vaccination Center, 35 Graham St, 8 a.m. M. At 10 p. There will be rainbow decorations, a sausage sizzle, coffee cart, giveaways, and a DJ from 6-9pm.
- Tamaki Vaccination Center, 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, 8 a.m. M. – 3.30 p. M.
- Epsom Vaccination Center, 382 Manukau Road, Epsom, 8 a.m. M. A 6.15 p. M. There will be a sizzle of sausage, ice cream and balloons for the children.
- Airport Park and Ride Drive-through Center, 42 Verissimo Drive, Auckland, 8:00 a.m. M. At 6:00 p. M., There are blocks of ice and a coffee cart.
- Highbrook Immunization Center, 31 Highbrook Drive, East Tamaki, 8 a.m. M. A 3.30 p. M. There’s a sausage sizzle, driveway DJ entertainment, coffee cart, ice cream, fish and chip truck, and a Christmas tree with summer decorations.
- Otara MIT Vaccination Center, 5 Otara Road, Otara, 8:00 a.m. M. At 6:30 p. M. There’s a sizzling hot dog, kai packets, cash prizes, and free balloons for the kids.
- Manurewa Vaccination Center, 81 Finlayson Ave, Clendon Park, 9 a.m. M. At 3:00 p. M. There are packages of Kai, a coffee cart, a sizzling hot dog, cash prizes.
- Pukekohe Vaccination Center, 6 Roulston St, Pukekohe, 8:30 a.m. M. At 6:30 p. M. There is kai, a sizzle of sausage.
- Takanini Vaccination Center, 8 Great South Road, Takanini, 8.30 am to 4 pm There will be a vaccine questionnaire with cash prizes, chocolate and other treats.
- Papakura Marae, 29 Hunua Road, Papakura, from 12:00 to 20:00. You can come dressed as a fairy, there will be gifts, sizzling hot dogs and ice cream.
There will be ice cream, a splash of sausage, entertainment, and a summer theme.
Hours are subject to change and the public is advised [https://immunisation.northernregion.health.nz
check the Covid-19 Vaccination Roll-out website for the latest details]. Vaccination vans will be on the road and details can also be found on the website