7 Sep 2019

Auckland measles: clinic gives more than 400 vaccines in a day

6:00 pm on 7 September 2019

More than 400 people have been vaccinated today at one of Auckland's pop-up clinics.

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MMR vaccines stored in a fridge at one of Auckland's clinics. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Waitākere Hospital opened its doors for free MMR vaccines as the city grapples to control its measles outbreak.

There have been more than 880 people confirmed with measles in Auckland so far this year, with total numbers across the country surpassing 1000 earlier this week.

The majority have been in South Auckland, however about 150 have been in the Waitematā area covering western and northern Auckland.

At Waitākere Hospital this morning a line stretched 30 metres out the door.

Among them was Elena Lu, who said it was great to have an opportunity to get vaccinated over the weekend.

"I tried to book with my GP last weekend but obviously the nurse sometimes they don't work in the weekend. For me I'm working full time so it's really hard to have a half day off or something like that ... it's very meaningful and encourages people to come, bring their children more easily."

The DHB said staff vaccinated 440 people in the six hours it was open.

"This drop-in clinic was designed for people in west Auckland who are not enrolled with a local GP, and the response was very encouraging," chief medical officer Jonathan Christiansen said.

"This was a team effort and we are very glad that so many people are now protected during the outbreak."

Dr Christiansen said anyone who missed out was encouraged to get it done at their GP, local practice nurse, or student health centre.

"The best place to get a vaccination is from your GP - it is free for those aged 12 months and older," he said.

Clinics in South Auckland will resume tomorrow at Manukau SuperClinic, Māngere Community Health Centre, and Counties Manukau Health Clinic Hub in Ōtara.

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