The Cambridge Community Marae – Nga Hau E Wha is the latest community COVID-19 vaccination centre to open in the Waikato.
Maree Munro, Waikato DHB COVID-19 vaccine programme lead, said at full capacity the site will vaccinate around 250 people a day.
Opening hours are still to be confirmed, but it would likely cover Monday through to Saturday from 9am – 4.30pm. The DHB is also considering a late night option on Thursdays.
“The community vaccination centre will be by appointment only, with the first vaccinations for Group 3 set to start this week,” Munro said.
“We are looking to have around 12 staff located at the centre in Cambridge, but this will depend on vaccination bookings.”
Within Waikato there are operational community vaccination centres in Hamilton, Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, Thames and Morrinsville. Alongside Cambridge, additional community vaccination centres will be established in Matamata, Te Awamutu and Tokoroa, and are expected to be operational until December.
Munro said there would be a range of options for Group 3 and 4 residents in Cambridge to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, including community vaccination centres, mobile clinics, and some GP practices and pharmacies.
“We have been working closely with the GPs and pharmacies in Cambridge and are looking forward to supporting them to start vaccinating in the next couple of weeks,” she said.
The DHB expects to deliver 20,000 to 30,000 vaccinations per week throughout the region at full capacity.
To date, almost 100,000 vaccinations have been administered to the people of Waikato.
Those in Group 3, which includes people aged 65 and over, those with underlying health conditions, people with disabilities, and pregnant women, are now receiving their invitations to book vaccination appointments via the national Book My Vaccine system or phone 0800 28 29 26.
Group 4 (the general population) starts on 28 July. This is a big group so vaccinations will be done in age bands, starting with people aged over 60 years. More details will be publicised in newspapers, television and radio channels from this coming weekend.
Access to the clinic is off Pope Terrace in Leamington.
The centre officially opens on Wednesday 28 July.