Vaccination centres, general practitioners and pharmacies in Tāmaki Makaurau are preparing to start vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 from tomorrow (Monday 17 January).
Vaccination sites have worked to create a family experience with activities to help children feel comfortable, including sensory toys in vaccination booths as well as stickers and activity sheets to keep them entertained during they are waiting for observation.
Some venues have extended their existing children’s areas by adding sofas and ottomans as well as games for children to play while they wait and new brightly colored ‘Tamariki Time’ stickers adorn the whānau rooms on many Site (s.
NRHCC Clinical Director Anthony Jordan says this is to ensure children and their parents feel comfortable as they arrive at sites over the coming weeks.
“Our sites are really looking forward to welcoming families over the next few weeks so we can ensure our tamariki can be vaccinated before they return to school.
Dr Jordan described some of the differences that parents and children can expect with childhood vaccines in this present video content.
“The vaccination dose is a third of the adult dose, and we also use a smaller needle. Children will need to return for their second dose about eight weeks later to get the best possible protection.
“We encourage people to come forward as a whānau, so that all family members over the age of 18 can get their booster dose at the same time.
“We know parents may still have questions, so we encourage you to speak with one of our center staff or a trusted healthcare professional.”
A wide range of options are available for 5-11 year olds, including walk-in vaccination centres, drive-in vaccination centres, GPs and pharmacies. are open by appointment.
From Monday, the drive-thru vaccination center at the Eventfinda stadium on the North Shore opens, with a capacity to vaccinate up to 2,000 people a day.
“We know that many people like to travel in the familiar environment of the family car. It’s an easy way for the whole whānau to get vaccinated at the same time, and older family members can help reassure children by getting their booster dose at the same time.
There are currently over 380 general practitioners and vaccinating pharmacies across Tāmaki Makaurau.
People can walk or drive at any time to community vaccination centres, and also register with general practitioners and pharmacies. Individual bookings will be available on BookMyVaccine.nz, and bookings for two or more whānau members can be made by calling 0800 28 29 26.
For more information on opening hours and center locations, please visit our website: www.vaccinateforauckland.nz.
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