Recruitment underway for Coromandel’s vaccine roll-out

20 Jul 2021

Preparations are continuing for the mass roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Coromandel population with the recruitment of administrators to both coordinate bookings and carry out reception duties at vaccination sites.

Waikato District Health Board has advertised for admin staff to work rostered shifts, including some weekends, initially for a three to six-month fixed term, although this may be extended depending on how the programme progresses, with other unknowns such as the possibility a third jab will be required also a factor. Four to five administrators will be recruited initially for the Thames-Coromandel area, but may change based on demand and pace of delivery.

The government’s stated goal is that every eligible New Zealander will be offered a vaccine by the end of the year, with the pace of the roll-out expected to gain pace in late July as large shipments of the Pfizer shots finally arrive.

Previous administration or reception experience, computer skills and the ability to pick up new systems quickly, excellent communication skills, a good phone manner and the availability to work a range of shifts either full or part time are among the criteria for the positions. Responsibilities will include maintaining and updating all electronic patient management systems, responding to patient enquires relating to appointments and scheduling patients for vaccination.

“We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability… to apply and would like to encourage applicants who have a Maori world view,” the DHB says.

The Health Board is also currently recruiting vaccinators along with several kai manaaki who will have a dedicated focus on the care and needs of people coming through the vaccination centres. Applicants for kai manaaki roles must have an excellent understanding of tikanga Maori, have cultural and lived experience supporting others and be comfortable in Maori communities.

More information is available at www.waikatodhb.health.nz/jobs/vacancies/covid-19-vaccination-workers/

The DHB says vaccination bookings for Group 4, which includes the majority of the population, will start on 28 July, beginning with those aged 60 years and over. The next?age?band will be those 55 years and over who will be able to book from 11 August, with the remaining age bands added gradually until October when it is anticipated the vaccine will be available to everyone from aged 16 upwards. Once you become eligible you can be vaccinated any time, there is no cut off.

Vaccination centres will be located in Whitianga and Thames with Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki also operating a mobile vaccination clinic serving other communities on a three-weekly basis.
Pictured: Some of those involved in the COVID-19 vaccination day in Whitianga last month.
From the left - Jannah Johnston (Mercury Bay Medical Centre), Alison Kendall (Te Korowai), Anne
Nicol (Mercury Bay Medical Centre), Jennie Hema (Waikato District Health Board), Rebecca Adlam
(Waikato District Health Board), Vanessa Mills (Mercury Bay Medical Centre), Tracy Arrol (Mercury
Bay Medical Centre), Janine Thompson (Te Korowai), Tania Herewini (Hauraki Primary Health
Organisation), Sophie Bennett (Mercury Bay Medical Centre) and Rhianna Thompson (Te Korowai).