Ahead of the Super Saturday Vaccination Drive on 16th October, Age Concern Auckland CEO Kevin Lamb is urging all
Aucklanders to get vaccinated to help protect not only themselves but also the older members of our community.
Lamb says, the uptake of people getting vaccinated to date is positive but we need to get to 95 percent to ensure that
we offer increased protection to those people in our community more susceptible to illness.
Lamb outlines, “Age Concern Auckland sees first-hand the impact that COVID-19 lockdowns are having on the mental health
and wellbeing of our older people, 20 percent of whom are already struggling with loneliness and isolation. Being afraid
to go out is adding to this and means so many additional older people are really suffering. Lifting our community
vaccination level will help ease restrictions and mean that we can all enjoy a more normal existence.”
Lamb also urges older people who aren’t vaccinated to get in touch to see if Age Concern Auckland can provide support
for them to get vaccinated. He says, “We have information about accessible vaccination centres and on vaccination
options if you are older and no longer drive or are housebound. A lot of work has been put into ensuring that everyone
has access to vaccination, so please reach out if you are older and struggling to get vaccinated, we may be able to
You can call your local Age Concern on 0800 65 2 105.