Appointment capacity increased across the districtMeridian COVID-19 Vaccine Centre starts vaccinating on SaturdaysFirst clinic opens in Winton
The Southern District’s Covid-19 Vaccination programme is continuing to ramp up, with eight pharmacies across the
district among the latest sites to begin offering on-site COVID-19 vaccinations – the first of 37 pharmacies that will
be part of the vaccination programme in the district.
This will further boost the more than 30 vaccination sites already operating across Southland and Otago and is part of a
longer-term plan that will see around 120 vaccination providers operating at the peak of the rollout as the vaccination
programme continues to expand.
Southern DHB COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Incident Controller, Hamish Brown said: “from the beginning, the Southern Vaccine
programme team identified the importance of primary care and pharmacy in reaching our widespread district.
“We are now significantly ramping up capacity, including at the Meridian Vaccination Centre where appointments are now
available on Saturdays, and we are excited to have more pharmacies and general practices coming on board in the coming
Brown extended his thanks to partners, vaccinators and administrators across the Southern health system who are helping
deliver the programme. This includes WellSouth, general practices, community pharmacies, Māori health providers, public
health nursing, rural hospitals, aged residential care providers and mental health and disability providers.
In Dunedin, Unichem Central Pharmacy Mosgiel, Unichem Knox Pharmacy, Antidote Macandrew, Antidote Meridian and
Anderson’s Exchange Pharmacy will be offering appointments from this week.
Five Mile Pharmacy in Queenstown, Bates Pharmacy in Balclutha and Winton Pharmacy are the first rural pharmacies to be
offering the vaccine.
Winton Pharmacy is the first provider to begin offering the vaccine in the Southland town.
Winton Pharmacist Maddy Miles said they were really excited to start offering the vaccine to their community.
“The response has far exceeded our expectations – we are fully booked for the next four weeks,” she said.
“As a rural pharmacy, it is great to have the opportunity to offer this service to our customers. Winton has a diverse
population from young families to older residents and it is great that they don’t have to drive to Invercargill,
especially in the winter.”
All eight pharmacies are taking bookings in line with the Ministry of Health’s sequencing framework.
Bookings are also now open for the rest of New Zealand (group 4) – initially for those aged 60 and over who can book
online through BookMyVaccine.nz
– the new online national booking system - and the COVID Vaccination Healthline 0800 28 29 26. The Vaccination
Healthline is open from 8 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week.