Covid 19 outbreak in Omicron: vaccine reservations for children in Chch are complete until Thursday

January 23, 2022 PM Jacinda Ardern today announced a three-step plan to fight Omicron – with more details to be revealed on Wednesday.

All vaccine booking slots for children in Christchurch, except the GP surgeries where they are registered, are full for the next three days.

There are nine clinics in Christchurch currently offering the vaccine for ages 5 to 11 where bookings can be made online through Book my Vaccine.

Six of them had no booking slots available when checked on Monday – Halswell Health, the Christchurch Arena Drive Through, Riccarton Clinic Urgent Care, Burnside Medical Center, Barrington Hub and Health Works Pharmacy.

Places become available at one location, Ngā Hau e Whā Marae, on Thursday with further openings at Unichem Bealey Ave next Monday.

The remaining four clinics, including the vaccination center on Orchard Rd, are not offering bookings until next Wednesday and Thursday.

When contacted, the Canterbury District Health Board referred the Herald to the local vaccination webpage.

A caller on Canterbury Mornings with John MacDonald on NewstalkZB This Morning said she had driven with her two children under 12 to Christchurch but could not find a clinic to vaccinate them.

“We went online and several places are listed as available but they don’t have their supply yet. We walked into two and they haven’t. We just feel pretty frustrated,” he said. she stated.

More than half a million doses of the vaccine arrived in the country earlier this month, ahead of the rollout covering some 476,000 eligible children across New Zealand.

Although there are no plans for a school-based vaccination program, schools are considered community vaccination sites.

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A parent, caregiver, or legal guardian must accompany the child to their vaccination appointment and provide consent for the child to be vaccinated.

As with adults, children need two doses of the vaccine to be fully protected, and the ministry has recommended that they be given at least eight weeks apart – although the interval can be safely shortened to a minimum of 21 days if necessary.

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