Community Vaccination Mobile Clinic again tomorrow-Thursday

Richard Edmundson —

Thursday 4 November 1.25pm - 3.30pm or onwards depending on demand. Today's clinic went well.

Tēnā koutou, Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Namaste, Malo ni, Halo ola keta, Mauri, Fakatalofa atu.

Covid Vaccination Dates and Times at LCŌ

Today's clinic went well with individual students and whānau taking the opportunity to be vaccinated. We are very pleased to be able to host these clinics this week for anyone in our community. 

Tomorrow's clinic is:

  • Thursday 4 November 1.25pm - 3.30pm or onwards depending on demand

This is the start of lunchtime and continues to the end of the school day so whānau can use the service at school pick-up time.

There are also clinics next week too, Wednesday-Thursday 10-11 November.

Repeating earlier information: Community-based vaccination programme

These vaccination opportunities are being coordinated by Melody Tuliau, COVID-19 Māori Advisor, and Maria Pasene COVID-19 Pacific Advisor from Te Ohu Urupare and the Canterbury Pacific Collective.

There will be vaccinators on site for any student 12+ years old, whānau, friends and staff who wish to receive the vaccine or to drop in and ask any questions.

Repeating earlier information: Student-School-Whānau Collaboration

Schools are part of their community so school-whānau partnerships are very important. It is the school's preference and that of the Ministries of Health and Education that young people aged 12-15 years discuss the vaccination with whānau or a trusted support person first.

Equally, anyone aged 12 years and over is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As with other vaccination programmes, and under New Zealand law, children and young people under the age of 16 years may give or withhold consent to healthcare treatment, so long as they are competent to do so.

What this means is that a health professional would discuss the vaccination prior to giving the vaccine and would answer any questions from the young person. If the young person has a good understanding, they can say yes or no to getting the vaccine themselves.

To summarise, consent is preferred but is not required if pre-screening sees the student as competent to give informed consent.

Repeating earlier information: Further information

  1. For more information on the consent process please see the Ministry of Health’s policy statement on informed consent for young people aged 12-15.
  2. The dedicated COVID-19 Healthline is: 0800 358 5453
  3. For any other health concerns, call the general Healthline number on 0800 611 116. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ngā mihi nui – best wishes

Richard Edmundson

Vaccinate for our future.
Protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa