Tuesday, October 19, 2021

University of Canterbury to host drop-in vaccination clinics

The University of Canterbury has announced it will operate drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus over two days next week.

The drop-in clinics will be held at the University’s Haere-roa building, 90 Ilam Road between:

  • 11am – 5pm Tuesday 5 October
  • 2pm – 7pm Wednesday 6 October

University of Canterbury’s Executive Director of People, Culture and Campus, Paul O’Flaherty says the University has been working hard to encourage its staff and students to educate themselves on the vaccine, providing easy access to as much information as possible so they can make the best decision for themselves and their whānau.

“We’re thrilled to be able to complement this work with accessible vaccination clinics on campus.

“We believe having a high number of eligible Cantabrians vaccinated is important to the health and wellbeing of our local, regional and national communities, as well as ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand can reopen safety to the world,” said Mr O’Flaherty.

Canterbury’s Māori and Pacific providers will also be delivering a clinic between 10am-2pm on Wednesday 6 October for Māori and Pacific students and whānau.

The clinics are also open to the wider community – with students and staff encouraged to bring friends, colleagues, flatmates and whānau. 

“No appointment is required to attend these clinics. However, we do ask that anyone attending cancels any existing vaccination appointments so that they become available to other people. There will be staff on hand to assist with this if people would like to do this on the spot,” Mr Flaherty said.

He said music and and kai will be provided at the events to create a fun and festival-like atmosphere for attendees. 

Canterbury Acting Senior Responsible Office for Covid-19 vaccination, Ralph La Salle said the DHB was pleased to see yet another COVID-19 vaccination initiative in the region.

“These drop-in events provide a convenient, local and familiar environment for people to get vaccinated in.”

“No booking is required, anyone can drop-in during their free time, and we hope that this is an appealing option for our university students and staff, ” Mr La Salle said.

It is hoped that approximately 2,000 doses will be delivered over the two-day drop-in event.

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