Covid Vaccinations start this week! It is with great pleasure that East Care can announce that we are opening our COVID-19 vaccination clinic this week, by appointment only.
We are proud to be amongst the first clinics to start rolling out the vaccinations to East and South Auckland Primary Care patients. Our first day for patients to be seen is Wednesday 12 May 2021.
East Care Urgent Care will start by vaccinating the following groups, as per MoH guidelines:
- East and South Auckland people who are aged 65 and over
- Māori and Pacific people older than 55 years and their whānau.
You are required to have an appointment. You will be contacted by us on behalf of your GP when you are eligible to make an appointment. Please do not ring the clinic.
We’ll be keeping you updated as soon as we know more about when we can open vaccinations to the general populations. Please keep a lookout on the government Covid website for updated information
All of our Urgent Care frontline healthcare workers have been vaccinated in advance to keep you safe.
We know Counties Manukau, home to our International Airport, has been at higher risk because many of you have played important roles in securing our borders, so we are delighted to be able to bring this service to our amazing South Auckland community. Manaaki Tangata.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, you are required to have an appointment. Please do not ring the clinic, you will be contacted by CMDHB when you are eligible to make an appointment.
How do I prepare for the vaccine?
If you have had another vaccination recently, such as a flu vaccination or a Tetanus please make sure you wait 2 weeks before getting the COVID-Vaccination. If you have had the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine you will need to wait 4 weeks until you can have your Covid vaccine.
No other preparation is required but, as usual, only come into the clinic when you have no covid related symptoms.
Which Vaccine will I get?
In New Zealand, we have access to the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine. The shot is given in the muscle of the upper arm. The clinical trials performed on the Pfizer vaccine show it’s approximately 95% effective against symptomatic COVID-19, seven days after receiving two doses.
When will I get my second dose?
We will discuss your vaccination schedule during your appointment.
When do I need to bring to my appointment?
Photo identification i.e. passport or drivers licence
What else should we be doing?
Vaccines are just one part of our strategy to keep COVID-19 out of New Zealand. Remember, we need to keep washing our hands, staying home if we’re unwell. Also, using the COVID Tracer App or keeping a record of where we’ve been is important. Testing for Covid will be an important ongoing part of keeping Aotearoa safe.
Is the COVID-19 Vaccination Safe?
Medsafe have a great resource here about their vaccine assessment and approval process.
No vaccine will be made available for public use in New Zealand until Medsafe complete their assessment and it’s been approved.
Read more about the safety of the Vaccine at the MOH site.
Will there be side effects?
Like all medicines, the vaccine may cause side effects in some people. Fortunately, most side effects are mild and don’t last long. The shot may cause temporary pain, redness and swelling at the site of the injection.
Find out more about side effects
What is New Zealand’s MOH Vaccination Plan?
- to put safety first with all COVID-19 vaccines
- secure enough safe and effective vaccines to protect Aotearoa and the Pacific
- protect Māori, Pacific peoples, and other groups at greater risk of COVID-19
- make it easy for people to get vaccinated
- ensure we are prepared for future outbreaks
- support New Zealand’s contribution to global wellbeing.
If you have further questions, please call us on 09 277 1516. Please refer to the Ministry of Health website.