It’s a privilege to take one for the team

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Frontline health staff are now getting vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves, their whānau and their patients.

Mass vaccination centres have been set up in Christchurch by the Canterbury District Health Board, supported by additional primary care designated clinics, which are being established in Christchurch and across rural areas of Canterbury.

Pegasus Primary Mental Health Clinician Ruth Surtees has just had her second COVID-19 vaccination. Her motivation is to protect mental health clients she comes into contact with, and whānau who are immune comprised.

“This is all about keeping other people safe,” says Ruth. “We know our clients are vulnerable and although we, as health professionals, feel we are strong, we have a duty of care for others,” says Ruth.

Ruth Surtees was motivated to keep other people safe when she received her COVID-19 vaccinations.

You can find more information about the vaccination rollout, including frequently asked questions, resources, and links through to sites at the local vaccination website:

Significant work is also being undertaken to provide access for our Māori and Pasifika communities, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse populations, disability groups and people living in residential care.

Read the full May newsletter here