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Tāmaki Makaurau Pulling Out All The Stops For Super Saturday Vaccination Drive

Published: Thu 14 Oct 2021 04:39 PM
People will get a whole lot more than a vaccine dose this Saturday, with free ice cream, sausage sizzles, live music and spot prizes on offer at many vaccination centres and pop-up events being held across the city.
Super Saturday, the nationwide drive is aimed at capturing those yet to get their first dose, or those who are due for their second. In Auckland, 13 per cent of the eligible population is still yet to get their first dose.
Opening hours across the majority of the region’s 16 community vaccination centres and drive-throughs have been extended especially for the day. Among them is the CBD vaccination centre, which is being donned with rainbow decorations and there will be live music, a sausage sizzle and spot prizes. At Albany, there will be free coffee, a Mr Whippy truck visit, spot prizes and chocolate fish handed out to those who receive their dose.
Many of the mobile vaccination buses and vans – all run by Māori and Pacific provider partners – will be out and about in the community. Details on times, locations and giveaways are listed below.
Celebrities, including sports stars and TV personalities, will be making appearances at some sites throughout the day.
More than 70 general practices and over a dozen pharmacies involved in the vaccine roll-out are also opening their doors especially for the day. Among them is Mairangi Medical Centre, whose staff are dressing up to a “Save Our Summer” theme and Papatoetoe Family Doctors, whose staff are handing out free hot chickens alongside every vaccine dose.
And up to a dozen pop-up events are happening across the city, the details of which are outlined below.
Air New Zealand is also transforming one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets into a vaccine clinic, offering the opportunity for 300 people to get vaccinated in business class. Those spots have already been filled.
Northern Region Health Coordination Centre (NRHCC) Programme Director Matt Hannant is urging anyone who is still to get their first dose to come along, as well as people who need their second dose. Second doses can be given 21 days after the first dose.
“It’s eight weeks to go until summer, so we’re encouraging everyone to get their vaccinations this weekend to help ensure you’re set to get out and about and enjoy the summer.
“Come on down, grab a sausage or a coffee, and bring along any whānau with you too.
“Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect you and your whānau from COVID-19. With COVID-19 cases in the community, this weekend is a really important time to be getting answers to your questions and getting vaccinated.
“If you’re still feeling a bit unsure, you can have a chat to one of our friendly medical staff who will be on hand to answer questions at any of our community vaccination centres.”
People can find their nearest vaccination centre or pop-up event at vaccinateforauckland.nz
Here is a guide of what to expect at some of our vaccination sites across the city this Saturday.Note, last appointment at sites listed below is half an hour before closing time.Vaccination CentresSiteLocationHoursIncentivesBirkenhead Vaccination CentreHighbury mall, next to Paper Plus store, Birkenhead8am - 8pmSpot prizes donated by local businesses, big balloon display on entrance to mallAlbany Vaccination CentreOaklands Road, last building at the end of Oaklands Road8am - 830pmCoffee cart in the morning, giving out chocolate fish to the vaccinated, Mr Whippy truck visit, Summer theme, spot prizes, decorating booths gameOrewa Vaccination CentreOrewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway, Orewa8am - 730pmBeach theme with staff dressing up, live musicHenderson Vaccination Centre28-30 Catherine St, Henderson8am - 8pmHangi, DJs, entertainment, spot prizesWestgate Vaccination Centre11 Westgate Drive, Westgate830am - 4pmIce cream truck, ice blocks, coffee cart, spot prizes, staff dressing up island-themeMt Wellington Vaccination Centre95-105 Leonard Road, Mt Wellington830am - 6pmSausage sizzle, giveaways donated by local businessesCBD Vaccination Centre35 Graham St8am - 10pmRainbow inclusive decorations, sausage sizzle, coffee cart, giveaways, DJ from 6-9pmTamaki Vaccination Centre261 Morrin Road, St Johns8am - 330pmIce cream, sausage sizzle, entertainment and summer themeEpsom Vaccination Centre382 Manukau Road, Epsom8am - 615pmSausage sizzle, ice cream, balloons for kidsAirport Park and Ride drive-through centre42 Verissimo Drive, Auckland8am - 6pmIce blocks, coffee cartHighbrook Vaccination Centre31 Highbrook Drive, East Tamaki8am - 330pmSausage sizzle, DJ entertainment on entry, coffee cart, ice cream, fish and chip truck, Christmas tree with summer decorationsOtara Vaccination CentreMIT, 5 Otara Road, Otara8am - 630pmSausage sizzles, kai packs, spot prizes and free balloons for the kidsManurewa Vaccination Centre81 Finlayson Ave, Clendon Park9am - 3pmKai packs, coffee cart, sausage sizzle, spot prizesPukekohe Vaccination Centre6 Roulston St, Pukekohe830am - 630pmKai, sausage sizzleTakanini Vaccination Centre8 Great South Road, Takanini830am - 4pmVaccine quiz with spot prizes, chocolate and other treatsPapakura Marae29 Hunua Road, Papakura12pm - 8pmCome dressed as a fairy, free give aways, sausage sizzles and ice creams
Note, the hours are subject to change so please check in on our website for the latest: https://immunisation.northernregion.health.nzVaccination buses, vans (a snapshot)Shot Cuzz the bus81 Finlayson Ave, Clendon Park9am – 3pmA mix of music, sausage sizzle, kai packs and spot prizes across the sites
Pukekohe Huakina and
Tuuwatawata the bus6 Roulston Street Pukekohe8.30am to 6.30pmNgati Whatua Orakei bus (Shot Doy)Onehunga High School, 24 Pleasant View Road, Onehunga9am – 3pmLatter Day Saints Church, run by Bader Drive Medical15 Robertson Road, Mangere9am – 6pmManurewa Stake Centre2 Rowandale Ave, ManurewaAll dayKomiti Tina & Tama’ita’l o Samoa run by Pasefika Family Health95 Browns Rd, Manurewa9am – 5pmSouthseas busOtara carpark , 20 Newbury St, Otara830am – 5pmLatter Day Saints, Beach Haven, run by The Fono4 Aeroview Drive, Beach Haven730am – 12pmEventfinder Stadium carpark, run by The FonoSilverfield Road, Wairau Valley1245pm – 330pmPop-up events
Latter Day Saints, Beach Haven – run by The Fono
4 Aeroview Drive, Beach Haven
7:30am – 12:00pm
Eventfinda Stadium Carpark – run by The Fono
Silverfield Road, Wairau Valley
12:45pm – 3:30pm
Onehunga High School – run by Ngati Whatua Orakei
24 Pleasant View, Onehunga
9:00am – 3:00pm
Langimalie Supervax Event - run by Tongan Health Society
1 Fleming Street, Onehunga
Time TBC
Countdown Head Office - Favona - run by Highbrook staff (NRHCC)
80 Favona Road
10:00am – 3:00pm
Otara Carpark – run by Southseas
20 Newbury Street, Otara
8:30am – 5:00pm
Aorere College – run by Turuki
2 Selfs Road, Papatoetoe
9am – 3pm
Manurewa Stake Centre – run by NRHCC
2 Rowandale Ave, Manurewa
Time TBC
Komiti Tina & Tama’ita’l o Samoa – run by Pasefika Family Health
95 Browns Road, Manurewa (Netball Courts)
9:00am – 5:00pm
Latter Day Saints Church in Manurewa – run by Baderdrive Medical
15 Robertson Road, Manurewa
Time TBC

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