Waikato Herald - 2021-10-15


Super opportunity to get summer humming


most vaccinated town in New Zealand . . . Now that we are still in level 3, we need to support Super Saturday even more and have to get behind the goal of [it]: to radically raise our vaccination numbers. “So, I urge Hamilton to go and make the most out of Super Saturday. Take a friend or family member out of your bubble with you, talk to the medical specialists. They are so nice and doing such a great job.” Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest also encouraged residents to use Super Saturday as an opportunity to get their first or second dose of the vaccine. “Each of us has a part to play in protecting our community and getting vaccinated – so get down to your vaccination centre in Cambridge or Te Awamutu.” In a video address to residents, Mylchreest said Waipa¯ district needed to come together and get vaccinated and challenged the district to live up to its moniker. ”[It would] be great if Waipa¯ Home of Champions had the highest vaccination rate across the country.” Kakepuku ward councillor Susan O'regan also voiced her support for Super Saturday. “My younger kids want to see their friends again and give their grandparents a huge hug. My older ones want to go to music gigs and 21st birthdays over the summer. “Without widespread vaccination, these simple things won't happen. Get it done and we can get back something closer to normal again.” Hauraki Mayor Toby Adams is also on board urging Hauraki residents to take part in Super Saturday and setting his district an ambitious target. “Let's go, Hauraki. Let's get that vaccination rate up! Figures show that 47.2 per cent of our population [are fully vaccinated]. “That's pretty good, but I'd like to see Hauraki have the highest rates in the country. That will protect our communities so people can get back to normal and our local businesses can operate throughout the usually busy summer months. So, take advantage of Super Saturday.” National's agriculture spokeswoman Barbara Kuriger understands farmers and their staff have been busy with calving and lambing, but this season is now coming to an end. ”[So] now is the time for them to ensure that they and their families, as well as their staff, are protected.” She says that many of the rural industry sectors have been devastated by the challenges of Covid-19, especially tourism and hospitality. “And there is no end in sight. I want to encourage everyone to find an event near you [on Saturday] and get the ball rolling for you and yours. It's the only chance we have at the moment, to get our lives back again,” Kuriger says. For a list of activities and places where to get vaccinated and informed tomorrow, go to www. covid-19-in-waikato/


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