Record breaking week for Taranakiís COVID - 19 vaccination roll-out

12 October 2021

COVID-19 vaccination clinics around the rohe administered a record-breaking 15,600 doses last week, according to preliminary figures, meaning that 50% of Taranaki people are now fully protected against the virus.

The huge effort also means that 75% of Taranaki people have now had at least one dose.

Rates for Māori and Pacific peoples have also increased with 54% of Māori having received at least one dose and 31% fully protected, and 72% of Pacific people received at least one dose and 45% fully protected.

Bevan Clayton-Smith, Taranaki COVID-19 Vaccination programme senior responsible officer, said “We put out the call for Taranaki people to step up, and the community are responding, which is fantastic.

“But there is still work to be done, particularly with our Māori communities, so please, everyone, keep coming, keep getting vaccinated before this virus hits us.

“Every day that passes is another day closer to the inevitable news that COVID-19 has reached our district – our window of opportunity is closing fast.”

There are plenty of appointments available on the BookMyVaccine booking portal, and walk-in clinics are popping-up all over the place.

Every day this week the programme’s motorhome clinics will be at Pak’n’Save carpark in New Plymouth, and in the carpark at The Valley, for walk-in appointments.

Marfell Kindergarten (2 Cook Street, Marfell) are also hosting a clinic and community kai on Thursday 18 October, 4pm-8pm.

A free community barbecue (2.30pm – 4.30pm) and pizza night (4.30pm onwards) are planned for Saturday (Oct 16) at the Beach House Café on Marine Parade, Waitara – with anyone getting vaccinated receiving a free coffee or slice of pizza!

The rural clinic tour continues with the out-reach vaccination team visiting Auroa, Kaponga, Eltham, Patea and Mimi.

Keep up to date by checking the COVID-19 webpage at, and by liking the Taranaki DHB Facebook page



For more information please call:
Polly Catlin-Maybury | Communications Advisor | 021 178 8469

Last updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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