Exclusive: People outside Covid vaccine priority list can get the jab at Auckland clinic

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 5:14PM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Exclusive: People outside Covid vaccine priority list can get the jab at Auckland clinic

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 5:14PM

Border workers, frontline healthcare staff and their families are the priority group for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in New Zealand.

However, Newstalk ZB can reveal that people who aren't on the priority list and have no invitation to get vaccinated - have managed to line up to get the jab anyway.

ZB reporter Courtney Winter went along to a vaccination centre in Otara this morning. She told Heather du Plessis-Allan that she went to the centre and joined the line for walk-ins. 

"A security guard came up to me and asked if I had a booking. I said no, he said 'that's cool', walked away, then came back and give me a consent form and I just waited in line."

She says that around 20 to 30 people were waiting in the line, and they had heard from friends and families that you could show up and get the vaccine if you waited in line.

Winter says no one asked if she met the current requirements to be eligible for the vaccine. 

The consent form that she was given did not ask for any proof that she was a border or healthcare worker or what her health conditions are. 

"The only reason I left before actually going to see a vaccinator was I was told it was going to be a two to three hour wait. About 10 people then left and went to the Mt Wellington vaccination centre that just opened today." 

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