Vaccinating our rural communities

Rural practices have been putting in the hard work for months to support and encourage locals to get vaccinated.

A recent University of Otago study found rates of COVID-19 vaccination in rural areas were more than 10 per cent less than their urban counterparts.

Methven Medical Centre owner Gayle O’Duffy said Super Saturday was a continuation of previous ‘assertive’ efforts to get patients vaccinated. “We gently enquire about people’s vaccination status during all consultations and contacted patients as their age group became eligible.”

Oxford Health Business Manager Richelle Jorgensen said she was proud of the practice’s team who had vaccinated more than 3000 locals since mid-August through hard work and diligence.

Business Manager at Ashburton’s Eastfield Health, Tony Dann, said they opened a large vaccination clinic at the local race course in August to allow ample opportunity and easy access for people wanting to get vaccinated.

Read the full October newsletter.