A Covid vaccine administered in the Bay of Plenty. The Chatham Islands are expected to receive their share of vaccines from New Zealand next month. Photo / File
The people of the Chatham Islands are ready to receive their Covid-19 vaccines – and everyone will receive their vaccine in one go to avoid waste.
Canterbury DHB has plans to roll out the vaccination to the Chatham Islands and work is underway to put the plan into action.
“Considering the remoteness of the islands and the small population, we will be vaccinating the whole community in one go to avoid waste,” said Ralph La Salle, executive director of the CDHB Covid-19 response.
“Vaccinations for the more remote areas will take place first and then we will move to the main island to complete the first dose vaccinations.”
All immunizations, except for residents of Pitt Island and Rangiauria, will take place at the Chatham Islands Health Center.
La Salle is being trained in Canterbury to provide vaccines to the community of Chathams.
“We expect the vaccinations to be completed by the end of June,” he said.
“However, this is subject to a series of factors that can affect deployment in remote areas such as Pitt Island and Rangiauria, including weather and flights.”
La Salle said everyone on the Chatham Islands continues to protect their whānau and their entire community from Covid-19 by taking recommended precautions such as washing their hands, staying home if they feel unwell, etc.
“The vaccination will provide an important additional level of protection and will be effective against the spread of Covid-19 when combined with these other measures,” he said.
The CDHB covers the Christchurch City area, the districts of Ashburton, Hurunui, Kaikoura, Selwyn and Waimakariri as well as the Chatham Islands.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-08 21:25:21