“Super Saturday” in Mercury Bay

12 Oct 2021

All three Mercury Bay vaccination centres are participating in the government’s “Super Saturday” initiative on Saturday this week to help get 90 percent of the New Zealand population fully vaccinated.

No appointments will be necessary at any of the centres. All walk-ins will be vaccinated as well as those who have booked appointments. Free vaccinations are available to everyone 12 and older.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki will operate a drive-through vaccination service at the rescue helicopter hangar on Abrahamson Drive, Whitianga from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Everyone getting vaccinated will go into the draw to win some spot prizes, including a $400 ta moko voucher from Tutamure Arts for the over 18s and an iPhone 7 for the under 18s.

Geoff Brown of Stephensons Unichem Pharmacy in Albert Street, Whitianga says they will be providing vaccinations from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Everyone who gets vaccinated will receive a voucher for a regular coffee to the value of $5 at Mat’s Café across the road. “We’re fully committed to do as much as we can to get as many people as possible vaccinated,” says Geoff. “Ninety percent, let’s make a dent!”

Mercury Bay Medical Centre will operate, weather permitting, a pop-up vaccination centre at the Whitianga Town Plaza from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Dr Dan Asquith will be leading the vaccination team. Live music will be provided by Dave Kennedy and the Whitianga Lions will be holding a sausage sizzle. If the weather is bad, the vaccinations will take place at the Mercury Bay Medical Centre surgery at 58 Albert Street, Whitianga.

As at Wednesday last week, 3,909 people have received a first shot of the vaccine in Whitianga, approximately 77.4 percent of the eligible population. The number of fully vaccinated people stood at 3,003, just under 60 percent of the eligible population.

In the Mercury Bay South area (including Cooks Beach, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Whenuakite and Coroglen), 854 people (74.2 percent of the eligible population) have received their first vaccination and 545 people (48.5 percent of the eligible population) were fully vaccinated.

In Mercury Bay North (from north of Wharekaho to Opito Bay and Whangapoua), 1,100 people have received their first dose of the vaccine. That represents 71.7 percent of the eligible population. The number of people who were fully vaccinated stood at 770, representing 50.2 percent of the eligible population.

In Tairua, 1,016 people (77.2 percent of the eligible population) have received their first vaccination and 789 people (60 percent of the eligible population) were fully vaccinated.

In Coromandel Town, 1,144 people have received their first shot of the vaccine. That represents 72.4 percent of the eligible population. The number of people who were fully vaccinated stood at 888 (56.2 percent of the eligible population).

At The Informer, doing our bit for people to get vaccinated, we’ll be giving away $300 to a lucky winner to spend with one of our advertisers. All you have to do to go into the draw is to let us know in writing (email, Facebook private message or hand delivered to our office) before Friday, 3 December that you have been fully vaccinated (two doses of the Pfizer vaccine). If you name is drawn, we will ask you for proof of your vaccination status. Please include in your entry your name and surname, telephone number and town/city of residence. 

This competition is open to everyone who have been vaccinated in New Zealand, but please note that the prize can only be spent with one of our regular advertisers.