Good uptake at second clinic

There was good support at a second Covid-19 vaccination clinic on Stewart Island last week. Photo: Laura Smith

MORE than 200 Stewart Island residents were vaccinated against Covid-19 last week.

Southern District Health Board ( SDHB) and Awarua Whanau Services held a second Covid-19 vaccination clinic on the island on Wednesday and Thursday.

The clinic operated under a walk-in model at the Community Centre, for those requiring a first or second dose of the vaccine.

Awarua Whanau Services quality manager Amy de Vries said 264 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were delivered.

“The community was amazing – they were so welcoming and really wanted to take part. We had a great uptake, considering the Alert Level 2 restrictions,” she said.

She said the clinic was different from the first, following safety rules, including social distancing and obligatory use of masks.

“Everyone was open to that. I think they understand this is our everyday norm for the moment so everybody was happy to be part of that.”

A SDHB spokeswoman said on the first day of the clinic 207 doses were delivered on the island, 174 of which were second doses. On the second day, 41 second doses and seven first doses were administered.

In July, SDHB reported about 80% of eligible island residents had received one dose.

However, the spokeswoman could not say how many island residents were fully vaccinated now.

Ms de Vries said many people who had their first dose this time, already had appointments booked to have their second dose on the “main island” as there were no plans for SDHB to hold a further vaccination clinic on the island.