The Bay’s General Practice teams are pulling out all the stops to get behind Super Saturday with huge efforts behind the scenes to make it a success.
“This is our big chance to put a halt to the spread of the Covid-19 virus and get the community vaccinated,” says Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation (WBOPPHO) CEO Lindsey Webber.
“Our GPs, Practice Nurses, Admin teams and many of our PHO staff have really got behind Super Saturday, embracing the day with added activities to make it an event to remember and I really want to thank them for their huge efforts.”
The nationwide push to get as many people as possible vaccinated against Covid-19 is happening on Saturday, to be televised on TV3.
“The summer holidays are only eight weeks away. We need everyone to get their shot now so we can be fully vaccinated in time to get back to enjoying the things we love, to be as free as possible at Christmas to have family time with our whānau and friends,” adds Lindsey.
“There hasn’t been much time to prepare for this event. Our General Practices, hauora, pharmacies and other health providers have put in the mahi to make it a success. It’s shaping up to be a highly charged Super Saturday and we want everyone to now get out, get their shot and help fuel the fight against Covid-19.”
The Welcome Bay Community Centre is running a c
Lindsey says “even if you have already had one or two doses of the vaccination – good shot! But your job is not done”.
To best protect your whānau, community, and the rest of New Zealand, everyone is being asked to reach out today to friends, whānau, and colleagues who may still have some hesitation about being vaccinated and need some help and support to get it done.
There is a barbecue, smoothie machine, and music at the Merivale Community Centre which is running a pop up vaccination clinic until 3pm. Photo: Supplied.
WBOPPHO wants to acknowledge the massive effort the whole of primary care across the region has put in to support Super Saturday, its work to support the vaccination roll out so far, and the likely increased role it will play in the future.
Many practices across the region are taking walk-ins, while appointments will have to be made at other practices that are already reaching capacity for bookings on the day.
“Some of our practices have not been included in the public announcement. 5th Ave Family Doctors, Mount Medical Centre, The Doctors Bayfair, Te Puke Medical Centre, The Dr’s Papamoa, and The Dr’s Phoenix will also be open for patients with booked appointments.”
Labour List MP Angie Warren-Clark is spending much of Super Saturday delivering savouries and morning tea to the vaccination staff at Trustpower Baypark, Merivale Community Centre and Welcome Bay Community Centre. Photo: Supplied.