Thumbs up for vax as rollout starts for young

    James Beck (11) gets his first Covid-19 vaccination at Invercargill's Civic Theatre on Monday.

    FROM the start of this week, children throughout the nation were able to receive their first Covid-19 vaccinations.

    Children aged 5-11 years in Invercargill can be booked in to receive their vaccinations at the Queens Park Medical Centre, He Puna Waiora, on Spey St, and the Mass Clinic held at the Civic Theatre’s Victoria Rooms.

    James Beck was among those to receive his vaccination at the Civic Theatre clinic on Monday.

    He got his first vaccine early to allow himself plenty of time to get his second vaccination before his school camp, he said.

    “I decided to get it because I have my Deep Cove camp this year and I want to be able to go and do the activities.”

    Southern District Health Board Covid-19 Rollout Programme lead Karl Metzler said he was aware parents, caregivers and children might have questions about the vaccination, but both adults and children were welcome to ask questions at the appointments.

    “Vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-olds mean we are now better placed to protect our tamariki, and keep them and their whanau safer.”

    Even though children were at a lower risk of contracting the virus than older age groups, it could still lead to serious consequences, especially in children who had compromised immune systems or significant respiratory conditions, he said.

    “The rollout for 5 to 11-year-olds in Southern will be phased, with capacity ramping up significantly over the coming weeks across both existing and additional locations.

    “Please be kind and patient while we work to extend vaccination availability across the district.”

    • Families can also book vaccination appointments online through the BookMyVaccine app or by phoning 800 282 926 between 8am-8pm.