- New Zealand rolls out its mobile vaccine buses to boost the number of Covid jabs in South Auckland.
- Areas to be visited om the first day includes Pukekohe, Henderson, and Papakura.
To speed up the country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, New Zealand has come up with a novel idea of ‘vaccine buses’, which will hit the street of Auckland from 16 September.
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Vaccine buses to meander the roads of Auckland
The buses which were unveiled at the Auckland Airport Park and Ride facility, have been loaned to the Northern Regional Health Coordination Centre.
These buses would visit south Auckland where communities have low vaccination rates or are facing issues going to the vaccine centres.
It is interesting to know that the first mobile vaccination bus has been named ‘Shot Bro.’
Also, these mobile vaccine buses are aiming to boost vaccination especially among Māori and Pasifika communities, many of whom are poor and unemployed and are ill-served by the health system.
Phil Goff, Auckland’s Mayor mentioned that by the end of the week, with the rollout of these vaccine buses, the health authorities are aiming for nearly 80% of Aucklanders to get administered with at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Pukekohe, Henderson, and Papakura are among the areas where the vaccination trips are scheduled.
For alert levels 4 and 3, inoculations would occur outside the buses, while for alert level 1, people would board the buses to be vaccinated.
In the coming weeks, the NZ authorities would increase these vaccine buses fleet to 12.
NZ Government is coming up with innovative ways to boost its vaccination rates amongst its people.