Covid-19 vaccination event confirmed for University of Canterbury campus

27 September 2021

University of Canterbury, in partnership with Canterbury DHB and the region’s Māori and Pasifika providers, are running a two-day drop-in COVID-19 vaccination event next month.

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Drop-in vaccination clinics will be held at the University’s Haere-roa building, 90 Ilam Road between:

  • 11am – 5pm Tuesday 5 October
  • 2pm – 7pm Wednesday 6 October

Canterbury’s Māori and Pacific providers will also be delivering a clinic between 10am-2pm on Wednesday 6 October for our Māori and Pacific students and whānau to book in to. UC’s Te Waka Pākākano | Office of Māori, Pacific and Equity will contact Māori and Pacific students and whānau to assist them to book in for the Māori and Pacific clinic times, there will also be some capacity for walk ins. 

The clinics are open to the wider community – students and staff have been encouraged to bring friends, colleagues, flatmates and whānau. 

No appointment is required to attend these clinics. However, we do ask that anyone attending cancels any existing vaccination appointments so that they become available to other people. There will be staff on hand to assist with this if people would like to do this on the spot.

Music and and kai will be provided at the events to create a fun and festival-like atmosphere for attendees. 

University of Canterbury’s Executive Director of People, Culture and Campus, Paul O’Flaherty says the University has been working hard to encourage its staff and students to educate themselves on the vaccine, providing easy access to as much information as possible so they can make the best decision for themselves and their whānau.

“We’re thrilled to be able to complement this work with accessible vaccination clinics on campus.

“We believe having a high number of eligible Cantabrians vaccinated is important to the health and wellbeing of our local, regional and national communities, as well as ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand can reopen safety to the world,” says Paul.

Canterbury Acting Senior Responsible Office for Covid-19 vaccination, Ralph La Salle says the DHB is pleased to see yet another COVID-19 vaccination initiative in the region that will go a long way to increasing protection levels in our community.

“These drop-in events provide a convenient, local and familiar environment for people to get vaccinated in.

“No booking is required, anyone can drop-in during their free time, and we hope that this is an appealing option for our university students and staff, ” Ralph says.

It is hoped that approximately 2,000 doses will be delivered over the two-day drop-in event.

For further information please contact:

UC Communications team, media@canterbury.ac.nz, Ph: (03) 369 3631 or 027 503 0168