The Covid-19 lockdown has increased the demand for vaccinations, with people’s experiences of the process varied – from straightforward and quick, to long wait times for appointments, and queues at centres such as Albany.
Many who had second doses booked in other parts of Auckland wanted to change them to local providers during lockdown.
Although not all local GPs have enough space and staff to meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, since lockdown more are offering the vaccine.
Local providers include:
• Ōrewa Medical opened up the service to the wider community before lockdown, but once lockdown happened, appointments began to fill up fast.
• Community demand saw Whangaparāoa Medical Centre begin offering vaccinations to everyone early this month, while working through its own patients.
• Weiti Creek Medical began offering the vaccine to the wider community on September 7 as a drive-through in Bunnings carpark, Silverdale. Bookings filled up fast, with the clinic working hard to extend the service. The vaccinations are given by the staff of Silverdale Medical and its Weiti and Millwater clinics.The three clinics continue to vaccinate enrolled patients, inside the clinics.
• Shortly after this, a drive-through service operated by the DHB opened at North Shore Airport, 270 Postman Rd, Dairy Flat.
• Hibiscus Coast Medical is vaccinating registered patients only at this stage.
• Life Pharmacy Ōrewa began offering vaccinations on September 3.Its contract to deliver the vaccine goes to the end of December. Unichem Manly is still awaiting final approvals.
Vaccine providers, broken down by region and suburb, are on the Healthpoint website (www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19-vaccination). Whangaparāoa Medical is not listed under Whangaparāoa, or elsewhere. Wellsford vaccination clinic as well as ones in Birkenhead and Albany, are listed under all Hibiscus Coast suburbs, while other providers, a lot closer, are not.
Sometimes the information is out of date – a spokesperson for the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre says that those providing the vaccine are asked to keep their own Healthpoint information current.
Registered patients booking the vaccine with their own GP practice can do so direct – many GPs have online portals.
All other bookings for Covid-19 shots – even at local clinics, drive-throughs and pharmacies – should be made via bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/