Ryman Healthcare is vaccinating residents and workers in its retirement villages in Canterbury.
More than 300 residents and team members at Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Mairehau received COVID-19 vaccinations today.
The Ryman team will be vaccinating more than 1,300 residents and staff over the next two weeks, Cheyne Chalmers, Ryman’s Chief Operations Officer, says.
Ryman has more than 2,000 residents and 1,300 staff in Canterbury and Canterbury DHB has provided cold chain and logistical support to support the vaccinations of this important group.
Ryman’s care and serviced apartment residents will be vaccinated over the next two weeks, and then vaccinations will be offered to independent residents.
At its peak, Ryman’s team will be vaccinating up to 600 residents and staff a day.
Vaccinations will be offered at Ryman’s seven Canterbury villages.
“Our registered nurses are fully trained and qualified vaccinators and know all the residents, so they will be greeted by familiar faces,” Cheyne Chalmers says.
Ryman has 36 villages in New Zealand from Whangarei to Invercargill and is the country’s largest retirement village operator. Ryman has five villages in Victoria where the vaccine rollout is also under way.