Damian Peeti was one of those who received his second dose of Covid-19 vaccine from Braden Luke on Super Saturday in Palmerston North.
The MidCentral Health district still has a lot of vaccinations to deliver to reach the Government target of 90 per cent of people fully vaccinated before closing the door on national lockdowns.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday the Covid-19 alert level system would give way to a new, less restrictive traffic light system once 90 per cent of the population was fully vaccinated.
By October 17, only 64 per cent of the MidCentral population had received two doses, while 83 per cent had received their first.
That was after the major push of Super Saturday, when MidCentral administered 5379 jabs.
* Super Saturday: MidCentral DHB hits vaccination targets after massive turnout
* Patchy vaccination uptake across Palmerston North and beyond
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Official figures released on Friday had MidCentral sitting on 66 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated, and 83 per cent having had one dose.
The push for vaccinations in Palmerston North is going to zero in on the Central Energy Trust Arena from November 1, with the temporary closure of the Fitzberhert Ave central site.
Covid-19 vaccination programme senior responsible officer Deborah Davies said CET Arena was the largest and most suitable venue for consolidation.
“This also enables us to use our vaccination teams to deliver mobile clinics in areas of the greatest need with lower coverage.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare announce the next phase of the Government’s Covid-19 response (full announcement).
The Fitzherbert Ave site could be pushed back into service from late November depending on how many vaccinations were being provided by then.
Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith is urging as many Palmerston North people as possible to get vaccinated.
He said it would mean less stress on the health system, and “allow us freedoms we need to live, work and play”.
He also looked forward to the gradual opening of New Zealand’s borders to help international businesses and get more students back into tertiary institutions.
Manawatū Chamber of Commerce chief executive Amanda Linsley said the traffic light system was clearly “a vaccination participation plan”.
“We are working through how this will work operationally for businesses at each of the levels and this will see more restrictions for those businesses who do not comply with the vaccine certificate requirement.”
The new system gave some pathway to the new look for business as usual, she said.
She urged businesses to encourage their employees to get vaccinated as soon as possible, so they could get fully back to work.
Walk-in vaccination clinics will continue to operate during Labour weekend.
On Saturday they would be available at Fitzherbert Ave, CET Arena, the Plaza and Unichem Terrace End in Palmerston North, and Berrys Health Centre pharmacy in Levin. Sunday’s options were CET Arena and The Plaza.
On Monday, vaccinations would be available at the Horowhenua Events Centre, at Fitzherbert Ave, The Plaza and Mitre 10 Mega in Palmerston North.