24 Jul 2021

Covid-19: Strong turnout expected for rural vaccine initiative

8:17 am on 24 July 2021

The first of many rural vaccination clinics planned by the MidCentral District Health Board will be held in Eketāhuna today.

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MidCentral has opened the event at the Eketāhuna Community Centre to anyone from the surrounding area, who is 16 or over.

The iwi and Māori lead for the district's Covid-19 vaccination programme, Adele Small, said it will be harder for residents of smaller rural areas to travel to larger vaccination sites, so is important they have opportunities to protect themselves.

Small said health officials are expecting a good turnout, and will be doing more clinics if the demand is strong.

The clinic in Eketāhuna is just the start for rural communities around Palmerston North.

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