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OK for ‘walk-ins’ at hospital clinic

FOR this week only, people who qualify to receive a Covid-19 vaccine can “walk in” to the new vaccination clinic at Gisborne Hospital.

Hauora Tairawhiti pandemic vaccination adviser Dianne Akurangi said there had been a delay in setting up the national booking system for the new clinic which opens tomorrow.

Bookings are normally a standard requirement but will not be required at Gisborne Hospital tomorrow and Thursday, between 11am and 7pm, and on Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

As from Monday, August 2, everyone must have a booking.

The vaccinations will be give in the Poutama Room.

Follow the directions from the entrances into Gisborne Hospital.

Members of Group 3 being vaccinated now include those people who are more likely to get very sick if they catch Covid-19 such as:

' aged 65 or over.

' Have a relevant underlying health condition.

' Are disabled or caring for a person with a disability.

'Are hapu (pregnant, any trimester).

From Wednesday the vaccine is available to members of Group 4 who are aged 60 and over.

Hauora Tairawhiti will invite the remaining bands within Group 4 (all New Zealanders aged over 16) to be vaccinated over the next few weeks.