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Cantabrians urged to make bookings to get their boosters

Wednesday, February 23, 2022   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: disease, vaccination, immunisation

Canterbury DHB media release: 21st February 2022

Cantabrians are being urged to make bookings to get their boosters as soon as they become eligible, says Tracey Maisey, Incident Controller, Canterbury DHB Emergency Coordination Centre.

“There are plenty of appointments available for vaccinations but it is busy at our vaccination sites,” says Tracey. 

“You can make a booking now for the day you are due your booster - three months from the day you received your second dose. Two shots were great protection against Delta, but boosters are the best way to fight Omicron.

“We are increasing capacity at our Orchard Road vaccination centre but it is now only taking bookings. However other sites such as the vaccination clinic at Ngā Hau e Whā Marae, Barrington Hub and Maui @ South City have capacity to accept walk-ins.

“Other vaccination clinics accepting walk-ins are listed on the website. Please check the opening times before venturing out.

People are reminded to continue to get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

You should also regularly check the Ministry of Health website for locations of interest in Canterbury.

Bookings are also still highly recommended for 5 to 11-year old immunisation at the over 70 clinics providing this service. 

“Please continue to be patient if there are wait times and be prepared by bringing drinks, snacks and activities for your children,” says Tracey.

There are 87,274 appointments available in Book My Vaccine between now and the end of March 2022. 35,267 are appointments that 5 to 11-year-olds can be booked into.

Parents can also make an appointment for their child directly with their general practice if their GP is vaccinating their enrolled patients.

Selecting the option to book your child’s first dose only will show the earliest available appointments.

The sites with the highest bookable capacity are

  • Barrington Hub (Barrington Mall);
  • Ngā Hau e Whā Marae Vaccination Clinic;
  • Orchard Road;
  • Rangiora Durham Health;
  • Māui Clinic @ The Hub Hornby;
  • Christchurch Arena Drive Through Site; and
  • Ki te Tihi Hapori Hauora – Eastgate.

View the full list of Canterbury COVID-19 vaccination locations, including medical practices and pharmacies.