While nearly 11,000 Northlanders have been vaccinated in just 16 days; Medical Officer of Health Dr Jose Ortega Benito cautions the public not to become complacent, as we have only reached the mid-point of the campaign.
“This has been a great effort to reach this number is such a short period, however our job isn’t done yet. We will continue to offer the free vaccination programme over the next two months, to eligible Northland resident children aged 9 months up to 5 years and youth 13 up to 20 years of age”
While the main centre clinics will shut down over the Christmas period, seven pharmacies across Northland are offering vaccination for the cohort 13 years to under 20. In some of these pharmacies a nurse vaccinator will be on-site to vaccinate children 9 months to under 5 years. *
Planning is currently underway for Phase 2 of the campaign, Dr Ortega adding this includes considerations around targeted outreach clinics and a secondary school-based programmes for February.
All information will be published via the Northland DHB website and Facebook page to keep our community informed.
“Our sincere thanks to our Northland Community and our team of nurses, support staff and partner health providers. Your patience, your hard work and your support has made a huge difference to the campaign”.
For more information go to the DHB website: www.northlanddhb.org.nz(external link)
For further information, please contact:
Paula Martin, Communications Officer
Phone 09 4304101 extn 60519