With the focus on the potential of a 90 percent vaccination rate to prevent a repeat of the five-week Auckland lockdown, and help the country open its doors again, Hibiscus Coast health providers stepped up.
Since lockdown it has gone from one local clinic offering the vaccine to the general public to around seven (as the paper goes to print) – including drive-through options.
Ōrewa Medical began offering the vaccine to the public before lockdown, and, by last week, had given 11,200 jabs.
Weiti Creek Medical recently announced that it had hit the 10,000 mark – this includes its Bunnings carpark drive-through.
Key to being able to offer the service is having the space – some clinics, including Whangaparāoa Medical, made this work by vaccinating in their carpark.
Manly Medical also used car parking space to provide a local testing service.
Silverdale United Rugby Club recognised that it did have the space and worked with Pharmacy Care Group to provide a service in its clubrooms, with no appointments necessary. North Shore Airport in Dairy Flat also shared its facility, offering a drive-through service operated by the DHB.
The most recent addition to the rollout was Manly Unichem Pharmacy, which also offered a drive-through during Level 4.
Life Pharmacy Ōrewa began giving the jabs early this month. Pharmacist Antony Wentworth says the additional capacity locally means that although booking is still required, walk-in vaccination will soon become the norm.