Vaccine sweep set for mainland

Gearing up for this weekend’s Super Saturday vaccination event are (from left) Tracey Blower, Malcom Wooton, and Soni Heal.


Thousands throughout the mainland will be able to receive Covid jabs on Saturday as health leaders intensify the vaccine rollout.

Community leaders are pushing for as many people to get jabbed with up to 1500 doses available in the Ashburton district alone, in what is being dubbed Super Saturday.

A total of 10 spots throughout Mid Canterbury will be running vaccination clinics at various times across a 12 hour window.

Ashburton GP spokesman Malcom Wooton said it was an enormous response from the local sector.

“It’s big,” he said.

“We want as much of the community responding.”

He said the preference was for the public to use the booking system but walk-ins would not be refused.

“If you walk in we will see you but there will be wait times.”

Three Rivers will be running a clinic between 8.30am to 8.30pm.

Ashburton mayor Neil Brown is comparing the event to election day.

“We need to encourage those who haven’t yet been vaccinated to go and get their first dose,” he said.

“We can see how the virus is spreading outside Auckland and we want people to be protected.”

The Ashburton district has one of the worst vaccination rates in the country.

“The Mid Canterbury response has been gearing up all along,” Wooton said.

“There’s a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes.

“We are bloody busy already and yet we recognise that this is so important.”

Another eight clinics will also be run in the neighboring Selwyn district.

–  Adam Burns