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Playing it safe . . . Katrina Whiu of the South Canterbury District Health Board Covid-19 testing team takes a nasal swab from a local man. PHOTO: JEMMA SWALLOW

by Helen Holt

Covid-19 testing and vaccinations have continued at pace in South Canterbury, despite lockdown.

Latest figures from the South Canterbury District Health Board showed 39,692 total doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been administered in South Canterbury as of August 22.

Of those, 23,583 were the first doses, and 16,109 were second doses.

Vaccinations were being carried out at a community clinic at 18 Woollcombe St, Timaru Arowhenua Whanau Services, Roberts Pharmacy, Kurow Medical Centre, Wood Street Surgery and Temuka Family Practice in Temuka, and the Twizel Medical Centre.

The health board also opened an extra vaccination clinic at Alpine House in Washdyke this week.

Bookings are required for Covid-19 vaccinations. Go to bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz or call the Covid-19 vaccination healthline, 0800 28 29 26.

South Canterbury general practices and the Covid-19 Testing Clinic, located at the Baptist Church in Wilson St, Timaru, have carried out 885 Covid-19 tests from Wednesday through to Sunday, although that number does not include any tests carried out by GP practices over the weekend.

As of Tuesday this week, no positive test results had been recorded in South Canterbury.

Testing clinic hours have been extended to include Thursday and Friday of this week, from 9am to 4.30pm, and 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is necessary.

Mitre 10 Timaru announced on August 20 that a small number of staff attended a Mitre 10 corporate awards dinner on August 12, hosted at Auckland’s Spark Arena considered a location of interest being tested.

On Monday, the store announced that team members who attended the awards evening had all had their Covid-19 results back as negative.

They would continue to isolate and were to be re-tested on Tuesday and remain isolated through to today (day 14).