Roll up your sleeve for Super Saturday

Published on October 14, 2021

Super Saturday COVID-19 vaccination event 16 October

Whanganui District Council is urging everyone who is not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 to take advantage of Super Saturday and get their first or second dose.

This Saturday, 16 October, will see vaccine clinics open across the country all day and into the evening in a push to get the rates of vaccination up.

Chief executive Kym Fell says he would love to see the Whanganui district lead the country in getting vaccinated against COVID-19 during Super Saturday.

“If we want to see life in our district and our country return to normal this summer, getting vaccinated is the best way to make that happen.

“The more of us who are fully vaccinated the more protection we will all have. It is vitally important for our health system and each other that we get this job done.”

Kym Fell says while the council is not directly involved with Super Saturday, it supports the work of the Whanganui District Health Board in delivering the vaccine.

Councillor Josh Chandulal-Mackay says getting vaccinated is the most important thing each of us can do to allow social freedom to return.

By getting vaccinated we’re enabling friends and families to reunite, we’re protecting older people, vulnerable people and immunocompromised people. If you’re not vaccinated yet, then this Saturday is an opportunity to be a part of the solution.”

Councillor Charlie Anderson says he was hesitant about being vaccinated, but intended to get his first vaccination this weekend.

“I think we are running out of options, and I hope this vaccine is the silver bullet people smarter than me say it is.

“If you are genuinely frightened or unsure about being vaccinated there is help if needed.”

“So many people in our community will be adversely affected if we don’t get a high rate of vaccination,” Councillor Kate Joblin says.

“It will be our most vulnerable who suffer the consequences if we as a population don’t get vaccinated. I got my appointment the day that the opportunity opened of those over 50 to get a jab – so I feel pretty strongly about it.”

To find out where you can get vaccinated on Super Saturday, please visit Whanganui DHB’s Facebook page.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, pop in to the Davis Library or visit the Super Saturday website.

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