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Covid-19 vaccine invitations to be issued to all over 65s in Auckland region this week

Aucklanders aged 65 and over will receive an invitation to book their COVID-19 vaccination within the next week as the Group 3 roll-out continues.

Members of the RSA in Birkenhead and Henderson, as well as a Chinese poetry group from the North Shore, stepped up to support the campaign this week.

Invitations are issued automatically by text or email, so people don’t need to do anything until they receive their invitation.

“We encourage you to click on the link and make your booking online as soon as you receive the invitation,” said Matt Hannant, Programme Lead at Northern Region Health Coordination Centre().

“Our centres are busy, so please be aware you may need to book a few weeks out. We have a range of centres available across Auckland, so if your nearest centre is busy you can also check our other centres nearby for availability.”

Four new community vaccination centres in Albany, Tāmaki, Pukekohe and Takanini will be open by the end of June. All remaining Auckland Group 3 invitations will be sent by mid-July.

The remaining invitations to Group 3, including 164,000 people who have underlying health conditions, will be issued in a phased approach over the next month to help manage capacity at centres.

“If you’re part of Group 3, you’ll receive your invitation by text or email by mid-July. The invitations are being issued in a phased approach and you’ll receive the invitation automatically, so you don’t need to do anything until you receive your invitation,” Hannant said.

A number of General Practices are now providing vaccinations, and so some people may receive an invitation from their local General Practice. In that case, they can choose to have their vaccinations at their General Practice or at one of the main vaccination centres.

Thousands of south Aucklanders aged 65 and over have already received their vaccinations, as they are a priority group.

If you have any questions, visit The Covid-19 Vaccination Roll-out for Northland and Auckland() or call the Vaccination helpline on 0800 28 29 26 (Auckland) or 0800 23 78 29 (Northland).

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