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BOP healthcare leaders praise Super Saturday

Whakatāne District Council Mayor Judy Turner (right) supporting Super Shot Saturday at the Bay of Plenty DHB’s event in Whakatāne. Supplied photo.

Bay healthcare officials are heralding the record-breaking success of last weekend’s Super Saturday event as the summer vaccination campaign continues.

Super Saturday was the region’s most successful single day for Covid-19 vaccination uptake in the region.

The result is vaccination coverage in the district increasing to more than 80 per cent of BOPDHB residents having received at least one dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine.

The previous highest number of vaccinations administered in one day across the region was 4,144 but that record was smashed on Super Saturday with 6,337 doses of the vaccine administered.

Kawerau District, for example, had the greatest daily percentage increase for first doses throughout the country, according to Ministry of Health data, with a 270 per cent increase in first doses administered in one day as a percentage of the population.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board organised and supported more than 20 events throughout the district on Saturday to support the national push for vaccination uptake.

Incentives ranged from free ice-cream to hāngī to encourage people to “grab a jab,” says BOPDHB Covid-19 senior responsible officer Brent Gilbert-De Rios.

“We’re thrilled for our community with the results of Super Saturday,” says Brent.

“It was a positive, fun-filled day which improved our community’s protection against Covid-19.”

The BOPDHB organised community vaccination events in Katikati, Mount Maunganui, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Murupara, and supported vaccination providers and community organisations to hold events at marae, community centres, pharmacies, and health providers throughout the region.

Bay of Plenty DHB Mount Maunganui Covid-19 vaccination centre staff on Super Shot Saturday. Supplied photo.

BOPDHB Board chair Sharon Shea thanks everyone who participated in Saturday’s event.

“On behalf of the BOPDHB Board of Trustees and Rūnanga, thank you, Bay of Plenty, for making Saturday so super,” she says.

“We are grateful for your mahi and commitment to protect the things we love.

“Super Saturday was a success due to the mahi tahi of the community, Māori and iwi hauora, the health sector, local government support, and the Bay of Plenty DHB staff. Thank you all.”

Te Rūnanga Hauora Māori o te Moana a Toi chairperson Linda Steel says Saturday’s vaccination uptake was a result of a lot of community engagement.

“We know our people will protect their whakapapa, and this was shown on Super Saturday when our people took massive action,” says Linda.

“Our kaimahi have been working incredibly hard for months having important kōrero with whānau, listening and showing up week after week, and this commitment to their hapori and tikanga is paying off with whānau feeling more comfortable to get vaccinated. Karawhuia whānau, kia kaha rā!”

Bay of Plenty residents who have not already had both doses of the vaccine are encouraged to do so.

“Summer is just seven weeks away; let’s enjoy everything summer in the Bay has to offer by protecting ourselves against Covid-19,” says Brent.

Walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations are available throughout the district and can be found at www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19-vaccination/bay-of-plenty

Nearly 300,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered to Bay of Plenty residents, according to the Ministry of Health data to October, 18 2021.

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