Covid-19: Port workers start getting coronavirus vaccine

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Stevedores, marine technicians and other high-risk workers have begun getting the Covid-19 vaccine at the Ports of Auckland.

A tent set up at Ports of Auckland where workers are getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

A tent set up at Ports of Auckland where workers are getting the their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Photo: RNZ / Rowan Quinn

Hundreds of staff who come into contact with foreign ships were getting their injections when they turned up for work.

They are part of the government’s plan to immunise border workers that is swinging into full action this week.

RNZ health reporter Rowan Quinn said most had an email and text on Friday urging them to go to the marquee set up for immunisations to get their injections.

Most spoken to at the port on Monday morning were keen to get vaccinated, saying they wanted to stay safe for their families, while a few were still thinking about whether to have the vaccine and would take some more time making a decision.

Border and managed isolation staff in Wellington will also get their turn to be vaccinated today on Monday.

Authorities expect it to take several weeks to give all 12,000 border workers around the country their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

About 70 Jet Park quarantine facility workers were on Friday the first of the border staff to be given the vaccine.

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