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Vaccination clinic availability over the holiday season

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People in the Southern district can receive their Covid vaccinations at a range of locations over the Christmas and New Year’s period.

‘As people are more mobile over the holiday season, it is important that holiday makers take advantage of local vaccination clinics at their holiday location to ensure that their vaccinations are up to date,’ Southern DHB COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Programme Lead Karl Metzler says.

People requiring a first dose, or who are due for their second dose or booster vaccination are encouraged to seek out a local option.

‘Remember that if it has been six months since your second dose, you are eligible for a booster shot so you stay protected. To avoid queues, people are encouraged to book online at bookmyvaccine or by calling 0800 28 29 26. In early 2022, people will be eligible to receive their booster dose four months after their second dose, and we’ll have more information to share with you soon about when these will be available.’

Full information of clinic opening hours is available at www.southernhealth.nz/COVID19/vaccine#xmas

Mr Metzler says he understands that many of the people who have not yet received their vaccinations may be feeling anxious or have questions. He says there are safe spaces at vaccination clinics to talk with a trained clinician. You can also talk to staff at your local vaccinating pharmacy, call 0800 28 29 26 or speak to a trusted health professional such as your GP.

It is also crucially important that we are all prepared for the possibility that your whānau or household is exposed to Covid over the holiday break. This includes having a plan for if you are away from home. Find out how you can prepare at www.southernhealth.nz/COVID19/be-ready

The below data was updated on 17 December 2021.
Territorial Authority First Dose % Second Dose %
Queenstown-Lakes District >99.0% >99.0%
Dunedin City 97.9% 94.8%
Central Otago District 97.8% 94.2%
Invercargill City 94.2% 89.1%
Waitaki District 93.2% 88.7%
Clutha District 92.7% 87.9%
Gore District 91.8% 86.8%
Southland District 91.5% 85.8%
Southern Total 96.0% 91.8%

Note for media: Data availability over the holiday season

Between now and the 10th of January, the Southern Covid Vaccination Programme team in unable to provide new data. The best source of district level data is via the Ministry of Health’s website. Navigate to the Vaccine data page, then scroll to the heading ‘Details of vaccination data,’ towards the bottom of the page, and select the first Excel link, ‘COVID-19 vaccination data through…,’ then open the ‘TLA’ tab.

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Media enquiries: SDHB Communications, communications@southerndhb.govt.nz.