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Kapiti News - 2021-10-13

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Gearing up to take part in Super Saturday

Opinion

Manaaki Matters with Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi and Mana MP Barbara Edmonds

It’s our last week of recess before we head back to Wellington for another Parliamentary sitting block. The focus for us for the last two weeks has been supporting and providing encouragement to our vaccination centres and to our local community to get vaccinated. We have both had our second vaccination in the last two weeks as well. The Ka¯ piti Coast is currently sitting in the top 10 for cities in the country for our vaccination rates. As of 7 October 86 per cent of Ka¯ piti Coast eligible residents have had their first dose. Only Wellington City tops us at 91 per cent. Not that this is a competition or anything. Thank you, thank you, thank you Ka¯ piti! This week however we are turning up the dial and gearing up for our first ever national vaccination day — Super Saturday, October 16. We are pulling out all the stops to increase our vaccination rates. It has never been more urgent. A day where the emphasis will be on encouraging the last 20 per cent of the eligible population to make the choice to get vaccinated. Events will be held around the country promoting the vaccination. Our local DHBs will be working with community groups to help break down the barriers stopping people getting vaccinated. Here in Ka¯ piti we will have an additional pop-up site in Waikanae as well as the Paraparaumu vaccination centre open in Te Roto Rd. Once all these venues are confirmed closer to Super Saturday we will post them up on our social media pages, and will let the team at Ka¯ piti News know as well. For some of our community, you may require a bit more assistance such as: a New Zealand sign language interpreter, support to make decisions, assistance or more space to move around, a longer appointment time, a quiet or low-sensory environment. If you do, please contact the Covid Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. Also don’t forget that all Metlink transport (buses and trains) are free for anyone getting to their Covid-19 vaccination. On the day of your vaccination simply show your booking confirmation to the bus driver or train manager. If buses or trains are not an option for you, you can contact Metlink on 0800 801 700 to arrange community transport to and from your vaccination centre. The more people who are fully vaccinated the more protection we have against Covid-19. Whether it’s to protect your family and friends, or so you can travel overseas to participate in sport, or attend your favourite summer music festival like Homegrown, or just because you can, join us and get vaccinated. High vaccination rates will not only protect our communities and keep people safe, but will also mean we rely less on lockdowns in the future. Which in turn creates more certainty for local businesses, and will enable us to start to reconnect New Zealanders with the world, it’s a win, win situation.

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