Weekly Update Issue 24 - Wednesday 29 September, 2021

of Taranaki people are fully protected

of Taranaki people have received their first dose

doses have been administered to people living in Taranaki

(as of 11.59pm, Sept 28)

Taranaki Programme Weekly Update

The 100,000th vaccination for the programme was administered at the Pharmacy@Bell Block on Tuesday afternoon - a fantastic milestone and one we are very proud of as a team. But there is so much more to do, and we need the Taranaki people to help us do it by stepping up and getting vaccinated.

If you are unsure about receiving the vaccination, please reach out to us. Our clinical staff are more than happy to spend time with you, answering questions and talking about your concerns, with absolutely no pressure to have the vaccination if that is what you decide. Email us at Covid.VacEnquiries@tdhb.org.nz and we will get in touch.

Slowing vaccination rates are the subject of great debate (Covid-19 NZ: Vaccinations are hitting a wall and the Government needed a plan for this yesterday | Stuff.co.nz) and the speculation on the solution to the problem ranges from compulsory vaccination, to incentives, to vaccine passports, to regional lockdowns if rates aren't high enough.

One thing is sure - COVID-19 isn't leaving any time soon and we need to accept we will be living with it for months, if not years to come. If we want to continue to experience life to the full, everyone has a role to play by getting vaccinated.

Rural clinic tour

Our rural clinic tour started this week in the Republic of Whangamomona where the team got a wonderful welcome and toasties from the pub at lunchtime!

The community out there on the Forgotten World Highway were very pleased to see us and more than half of the entire population came along to receive their COVID-19 vaccination!

Our outreach team is visiting another 13 communities over the next few weeks - they are very much looking forward to meeting everyone. Check out the schedule below.

Hitting the road

The Taranaki COVID-19 Vaccination Programme will be popping up all over the region as we take to the road in coming weeks - look out for our mobile clinics!
This weekend we will be at the Huatoki Plaza and beside the coastal walkway at the Waiwhakaiho Beach Reserve so you can order a coffee, walk-in, have your COVID-19 vaccination and then enjoy your drink while you wait out your 15-minute observation period.
Come and say hi to our friendly vaccination team!

School Holiday Vaccination Clinics

Calling all 12 - 18 year-olds! There will be walk-in vaccination clinics open at the Centre City Mall and the Valley Mega Centre these school holidays so you can get your COVID-19 vaccination easy as.

The clinics are at the Life Pharmacy in Centre City (at the bottom of the escalators) and at the Chemist Warehouse in the Valley - both run from 10am - 4pm from Saturday 2 October to Sunday 17 October.

Bring your family, bring your friends, get it done and get ready for a full-on summer of freedom!

Transport service available

If getting to a vaccination clinic is an issue for you and you live in the Stratford District, the team at Whakaahurangi Marae are running a courtesy transport service.

Just give them a ring on (06) 765 7014 between 10am and 3pm, and they will come and get you so you can attend the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the marae on Saturday.

Then, after a cuppa and a chat, they will bring you home again!

Everyone is welcome.

Where can I get my vaccination?

Getting your COVID-19 vaccination has never been easier, with GP clinics, local pharmacies, main vaccination centres and pop-up clinics all offering appointments - many of them you can just walk-in!

The appointment availability tool on Book My Vaccine shows you exactly where clinics are, and how many free appointments are up for grabs. You can then book for a time and place that is most convenient for you.

Go and have a look - and get booked! If we want a summer of freedom, then everyone needs to have had their first vaccination by the end of October. 

Media Round-up

Another week of cool news stories covering the programme's activities!

Isolated Whangamōmona welcomes Covid-19 vaccination team | Stuff.co.nz
Bacon butties back on the menu at New Plymouth vaccination clinic | Stuff.co.nz
Covid-19 vaccinators hitting New Plymouth streets in motor homes | Stuff.co.nz

And some interesting articles about COVID-19 vaccine myths and the importance of getting vaccinated.

The 90% Project: 10 of the biggest vaccine myths debunked - NZ Herald
Covid 19 Delta outbreak: ICU nurse Jenny McGee - 'When people plead for the vaccine ... it's far too late' - NZ Herald

We are in Alert Level 2

There are no restrictions on who can be included in your household bubble.

You can go to work and school - but please follow the guidelines about wearing masks and social distancing.

Make sure you track where you go when out and about - using the NZ COVID Tracer app is the easiest way.


For national updates - visit Unite against COVID-19

For Taranaki DHB updates - visit the website at www.tdhb.org.nz and like the Taranaki DHB Facebook page

For Taranaki COVID-19 Vaccination Programme updates - visit the website at www.tdhb.org.nz/covid19/vaccine.shtml


The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) has a new website dedicated to COVID-19.

The app Āwhina lets you access information from the Ministry of Health and other trusted sources on your mobile device and sends out notifications on key COVID-19 vaccine announcements. You can download Āwhina here

The MoH COVID-19 Vaccine Resources page is full of useful information, frequently asked questions and also fact sheets in multiple languages

Data and statistics about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in New Zealand can be found here.

HealthPathways platforms nationwide have published (or will soon publish) COVID-19 Vaccination Information pages. General practices can log into their local HealthPathways site to access this useful information.

Government cyber security agency CERT NZ has published guidance on how to protect your organisation when communicating about the vaccine on CERT NZ’s website.

Unite Against COVID-19 contains a multitude of resources on the COVID-19 vaccine, including the latest government announcements.

Medsafe’s website has COVID-19 vaccine approval information and vaccine reports.

Medsafe also publishes data sheets and consumer medicine information for approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Contact us at communications@tdhb.org.nz