Covid tests, vaccines more accessible in city

    Awarua Whanau Services health care assistants and registered nurses await patients at the new testing and vaccination centre, at the Newfield Tavern, Centre St, Invercargill. Photo: Valu Maka

    AWARUA Whanau Services and WellSouth Primary Health Network are partnering to ensure Covid-19 testing and vaccinations are even more accessible for residents and visitors to Invercargill.

    A new drive-through, no appointment, Covid-19 vaccination and testing centre opened at the Newfield Tavern car park in Centre St on Monday.

    A marquee has been set up to accommodate testing alongside a separate marquee for drive-through Covid-19 vaccinations. Both are accessible via the entrance off Regent St.

    “We want to do eveything we can to reduce barriers, ensuring our communities can access testing, get the Covid vaccine, and help keep our whanau safe,” Awarua Whanau Service general manager Amy de Vries said.

    The Covid Testing Centre and vaccination sites are open 11am to 5pm, seven days a week. The site adds extra testing and vaccination capacity, particularly at the weekends, supporting the sustainability of health care services in the city and surrounding area.

    Testing is free for anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms or meeting other Ministry of Health criteria, including port/border workers needing surveillance testing.

    Testing and vaccinations continue to be available through general practices and other providers in Invercargill, across Southland and throughout the district.

    If additional capacity is required, extra staff can be brought in to ensure tests and vaccinations are available. WellSouth’s resurgence planning also ensures pop-up testing sites can be provided quickly throughout the district.