Nearly 300 children and partners of Ryman team members filed through a pop-up Ryman-only vaccination clinic in Epsom, Auckland over two days last week, with more expected to be vaccinated this week.
Team members from the office, construction and numerous Auckland villages sent members of their household bubbles to get their jabs with 80 being processed on Wednesday and 200 on the Thursday.
The clinic was set up at short notice by The Pharmacy Group with Operations Clinical Manager Janine Snape, Regional Operations Manager Lynn Charlton and Miriam Corban Village Manager Greg Barclay assisting with the direction of new arrivals.
Janine said the Pharmacy Group team, who have already run three clinics in each of the Auckland villages to vaccinate residents and staff, had been amazing to work with.
“When Amrit (Ram, pharmacist and director of Pharmacy Care Group) offered to run the clinics we knew we’d be able to start vaccinating earlier than if we did it ourselves so I said yes.
“They already ran our flu vaccinations so it made sense to extend that to our Covid vaccinations too.”
Now, around 95% of Ryman residents and staff have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
With the latest lockdown adding extra urgency to getting the number of vaccinated people up, plus the recent approval for 12-15-year-olds to receive the jab, Ryman quickly extended the invitation to family members too.
Janine said she was keen to see contractors who work for Ryman added to that list plus relatives of residents.
“This is something I’m working on right now. And by doing this we will help to protect our most vulnerable – our residents.”
The clinics have turned into a slick operation over the past few months and this week’s were no exception, even with added protections in place.
Lynn and Greg were greeting people as they arrived and asking the key questions – have you been in any places of interest; have you had any symptoms in the past 14 days; and have you recently had a Covid test?
Then, visitors were asked to scan in and don a visor over the top of their face mask and have their temperature taken.
Janine, a qualified Covid vaccinator herself, assisted the Pharmacy team by finding NHI numbers for people to save time in the vaccination queue.
“On the first day we found it started to back up a bit because people were having to ring their GP to get their number so this way it has made the process run a lot more smoothly,” she said.
Next, visitors waited in the socially distanced queue before registering with the pharmacy team and being issued with their vaccination card.
Callum (12) takes advantage of the new younger age group category being added to the vaccination list (above) while Janine, Lynn and Greg welcome new arrivals (top)
Family members, such as brothers Dylan, Jamie and Callum Drever, were ushered together into a vaccination booth, being part of the same bubble, and couldn’t believe how quick the injection was.
“I hadn’t realised it had already happened, it was over so quick,” said Dylan, 16, whose mum works in Ryman's Auckland office.
Vaccinator Sue Jan admitted she had got it down to a fine art, with each jab taking less than a second.
With wait time reduced to just 15 minutes afterwards, Janine said it was literally half an hour out of your day that could end up saving your life.