• Patrick McBride

COVID-19 Vaccinations On Coast Next Week

West Coast DHB will be commencing the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme across the West Coast next week.

WCDHB have established a fixed vaccination clinic in the Community Services building on the Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre campus in Greymouth and once the programme is underway they will continue to roll it out to other locations as planning and available resources allow.

At this stage, they anticipate that vaccines will be available in Westport in late-April and across the rest of the Coast in early May.

"The initial roll-out of the vaccine will be to frontline health workforce interacting with patients, frontline health workforce supporting people in high-risk place and at-risk people living in high-risk settings. We expect to initially vaccinate around 2,500 ‘tier 2’ people and approximately 24,000 eligible Coasters as part of our ‘tier 3 & 4’ roll-out". said Ralph La Salle, Acting Executive Director Planning, Funding and Decision Support, West Coast DHB.

"As the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses 21 days apart, we need about 53,000 individual vaccines to complete our vaccination programme. We are currently finalising our appointment booking system which will assist us in determining the number of vaccines required at each stage of the programme". he added.

On advice from the Ministry of Health, the DHB is working to align the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out programme with their annual influenza vaccine programme which is focused on immunising as many people aged 65 and over from 14 April so they can access the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them.