Cambridge reaching high vaccination numbers, centre to close

Vaccination queues at Cambridge Community marae

The dedicated Cambridge Community Vaccination Centre at the Cambridge Community Marae – Nga Hau E Wha is closed from today (20 October), with local providers continuing to offer vaccination services for the area.

Waikato DHB’s decision to close the site is based on data showing Cambridge is a well-vaccinated population and demand can be met by local providers. Health providers in the area continue to show strong support for the vaccination programme and have ample capacity to cover vaccinations for the community.

Currently, 86.6% of the eligible population in Waipa have received their first dose and 67.3% are fully vaccinated. For all of Waikato, 80.4% have received their first dose and 62.6% are fully vaccinated.

Maree Munro

Waikato COVID-19 vaccination programme lead Maree Munro said that the people of Cambridge had really stepped forward to be vaccinated.

“Getting people vaccinated in the Waikato in large numbers was a major undertaking and the Cambridge community has worked with us to make this happen for them.

“We are very happy to have reached a point where demand can be met by local providers. This allows us to free up resources, including vaccinators, admin staff and kaimanaaki so we can expand the mobile pop-up vaccination clinics that target our hard-to-reach populations.

“We’ll continue to monitor vaccination progress and can set up pop-up mobiles in the area as required. While movement is restricted at the current alert level, once this eases people will also be able to get their vaccination wherever they want in the Waikato.”

The Cambridge Community Vaccination Centre opened at the marae on 26 July and has delivered 9,157 vaccinations, including 5,339 first doses and 3,818 second doses. Thirty-nine percent of the Māori population in Cambridge received their first dose at the marae.

Unichem Family Health Pharmacy

Cambridge Community Marae Trust Chair Michael Jeans said thanks were due to everyone who had been involved in running the vaccination centre and to the Cambridge community for supporting it so well.

Vaccination was the best tool to stop the virus, Munro said. “We still have a way to go in the Waikato, so we all need to encourage those who haven’t vaccinated to come forward.”

If people still had questions, they could call the COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 and seek free advice from the health experts there.

Cambridge Medical Centre

People can be vaccinated at the following sites in Cambridge. Vaccinations are free wherever you go:

Cambridge Medical Centre, 48 Alpha Street
Make an appointment at www.bookmyvaccine.nz or call 0800 28 29 26. You do not need to be enrolled at the practice to be vaccinated. Vaccinations are free.

Unichem Family Health Pharmacy Cambridge, 1913 Cambridge Road
Walk-in vaccinations available or you can make an appointment at www.bookmyvaccine.nz

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