Free hamburgers, music, spot prizes and lollipops were all just bonuses to the main attraction at a walk-in Covid-19 vaccine clinic that was organized by the government of New Zealand.
Within an hour of the clinic starting at 11am at the University of Canterbury campus, queues had formed outside the UC Student’s Association building. By 2pm vaccinators at 10 booths had jabbed over 400 students with either a first or second dose. Organizers were confident they would deliver over 1000 jabs by 5pm closing time.
The event will run every day for the rest of the week from 10am to 7pm, with an additional Māori vaccination team operating from 10am to 2pm.
Canterbury health board manager John Carson said the massive response had exceeded expectations and showed more mobile and drop-in clinics may be needed for the region’s roll-out.
Canterbury health chief executive Peter Bramley said about…