Weekly Update Issue 26 - Wednesday 13 October, 2021

51.9% of Taranaki people are fully protected
76.3% of Taranaki people have received their first dose

32.8% of Taranaki Māori are fully protected
56.1% of Taranaki Māori have received their first dose

46% of Taranaki Pacific people are fully protected
73.2% of Taranaki Pacific people have received their first dose

doses have been administered to people living in Taranaki

(as of 11.59pm, Oct 12)

Taranaki Programme Weekly Update

We put out the call for Taranaki people to step up and the response was phenomenal - with a record breaking 15,600 doses administered last week!

This means that more than 50% of Taranaki people are now fully protected against the virus and 76.3% of Taranaki people have now had at least one dose.

Rates for Māori and Pacific peoples have also increased with 56.1% of Māori having received at least one dose and 32.8% fully protected, and 73.2% of Pacific people having received at least one dose and 46% fully protected.

Ka pai, Taranaki -but we are only half way there, and there is still a lot to be done, particularly for our Māori and Pacific peoples.

The programme, together with our partner-providers, is doing everything it can to bring vaccination opportunities to our Taranaki communities with community barbecues, going street-by-street, mobile clinics in supermarket car-parks and visiting kindergartens.
Check out the TDHB website for all the details of pop-up clinics and look out for our flags! Updates are also posted regularly on the Taranaki DHB Facebook page - give us a like to stay informed.

If you do see us out and about, our friendly staff are more than happy to talk through any questions or concerns you may have about getting the vaccine, no pressure, or just walk-in to get your jab!

Don't forget you can still book an appointment at one of our main vaccination centres, with one of our GP or pharmacy partner-providers, or with your Māori health provider - whatever works for you!
It is so easy to do - the online booking portal Book My Vaccine makes the process very straightforward - and has a booking availability tool so you can see at a glance were clinics are and what appointment times they have free. Check out if your doctor is offering COVID-19 vaccinations at Healthpoint.

Super Saturday is coming! 

This Saturday (Oct 16) is Super Saturday and gives us a chance to say Shot, bro! as a community, with lots of cool events happening so we can really boost those numbers and get Taranaki protected!

Check out the list of events below - there's sausage sizzles, pizza nights and lots of opportunities to get your shot, bro!


Getting your vaccination is a Breeze!

Emotional support dog Breeze, a 10-year-old Samoyed, accompanied her owner Keitha Sharpe to get a second dose COVID-19 vaccination this week.

Breeze helps support students at WITT with stress and anxiety, providing a change of focus and cuddles for anyone who needs it!

Get involved, Taranaki, and come along to one of the Super Saturday vaccination clinics this weekend, get your shot, bro, and perhaps enjoy a tasty sausage, a slice of pizza or win a prize!


Community BBQ and Pizza night
Beach House Cafe, 24 Marine Parade, Waitara 
2.30pm - 4.30pm - Free sausage sizzle for everyone and a free coffee for anyone receiving a vaccination.
4.30pm - 7.30pm - Grab a free slice of pizza with your jab!
Friendly vaccination staff will be on hand to chat through any concerns

Come say hi to the Waitara Aunties!
Waitara Womens’ Welfare League (Queen Street next door to New World, Waitara) 9am – 3pm
Come and let the aunties take care of you with a cuppa and some kai after your vaccination.

Kai and Kids Activities
Ngāmotu Kindergarten, 39 Marama Crescent, 11am - 2pm
Community barbecue for all and activities for the tamariki


Tui Ora

New Plymouth
Onuku Taipari Domain Hall, Ngāmotu Road, Moturoa, 9am-4pm
$20 Pak’N’Save vouchers for all those vaccinated
Free bacon and egg fry bread for all those vaccinated (first 300 people)
Go in the draw to win one of three prizes – TBC
DJ on site
Waitara New World – in conjunction with Foodstuffs and Vax-a-thon on TV, 10am-3pm
$20 New World voucher for all those vaccinated
$20 will be donated to the Waitara Food Bank for every person that is vaccinated
Free sausage sizzle
Free coffee cart
Prize draw for $200 grocery hamper
Prize draw for a UE Boom for all those 12-18 years who are vaccinated on the day

Mobile Pop-up Clinics 

Come and say hi to our vaccination teams-on-wheels at the following times and places;

12pm - 2pm The Warehouse, Bell Block
9am – 3.30pm The Warehouse, New Plymouth
9am-12pm Countdown, Stratford - check out the flyer below
12.30 - 3.30pm New World, Stratford - check out the flyer below


Pharmacies and GP Clinics

Carefirst Westown, 99 Tukapa Street, New Plymouth, 9am - 4.30pm 
Sausage sizzle and free coffee for anyone receiving a vaccination - PLUS a donation of $5 will be made to the Taranaki Retreat for every jab given.
Meet a member of the Taranaki Bulls rugby team between 11am and 12pm
Anyone needing transport can call (06) 7539505 to arrange a ride!
Doctors will be available to answer any questions about the vaccine.

Life Pharmacy, Centre City, New Plymouth, 9am - 8pm
Get 25 Living rewards points for your first vaccination, 50 Living rewards points for your second, and 15% off every full priced item in store on the day of your jab.

Pharmacy@Bell Block, Bell Block, 9am - 5pm

Assembly of God,192 High Street, Hawera, 9am - 5.30pm

Waitara Pharmacy, 56 McLean Street, Waitara, 9am - 1pm. Get a free chocolate fish.

Avon Medical Centre, 139 Miranda Street, Stratford, all day, no appointment necessary
Anyone vaccinated on the day will go into a draw to win a $100 Countdown gift card.

McKays Unichem Chemist, Stratford, 9am - 1pm, Get 25 Living rewards points for your first vaccination, 50 Living rewards points for your second, and 15% off every full priced item in store on the day of your jab.


More Super Saturday events are being added all the time - check out TDHB - COVID-19 Super Saturday and make sure you are up-to date!

Need transport?

If you need a lift to get to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic during Super Saturday, the team from Taranaki DOC are on hand to help out!

They are happy to pick you up and take you to your nearest clinic, then drop you home afterwards. Just call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (when your reach the menu press 2, then 1 for Taranaki) and they will hook you up with a driver!

Thank you to everyone from the DOC - shot, bro!
Is your business or organisation doing something AWESOME for Super Saturday? Check out these free, downloadable Super Saturday resources!!! Super Saturday resources | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)
Our rural clinics are proving to be very popular with plenty of farmers, farm workers and their families coming out to get their jabs and enjoy some tasty country hospitality! Our rural tour is visiting Eltham, Patea and Mimi next - we look forward to meeting you!

Get on the bus - for FREE

All Taranaki bus trips are free for anyone travelling to or from a vaccination appointment - book your seat by following these links! 

https://www.trc.govt.nz/buses-transport/routes/southlink-opunake-kaponga-manaia-ohawe-hawera/   This is the Opunake to Hawera Service return on a Thursday. 

https://www.trc.govt.nz/buses-transport/routes/southlink-opunake-new-plymouth/  Opunake to New Plymouth and can go via Parihaka. This is a Friday service

https://www.trc.govt.nz/buses-transport/passenger-info/connector-fares-and-info/ this is the Connector  - which has an online booking tool for passengers.  This is a 4 times daily service Opunake Hawera New Plymouth return.

https://www.trc.govt.nz/buses-transport/passenger-info/citylink-information/ this has the main information for passengers as well as route maps and how to navigate the Ariki Street bus centre.  All urban services run Monday to Friday  


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