Students from two of Auckland’s largest specialist schools have stepped up to have their vaccinations done with the support of the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre (NRHCC) outreach team.

On Tuesday (7 September), the NRHCC’s outreach team visited Somerville School, vaccinating 80 students and their families. Today (8 September) the team moved on to Parkside School to vaccinate almost 200 students and their whānau.

Sommerville Principal Belinda Johnston said: “We’ve got some very happy families who couldn’t have had their children vaccinated without this opportunity.”

Johnston said a lot of her students have anxiety and would have struggled to go to a large vaccination centre because of that.

Carol Willard, Principal at Pukekohe’s Parkside School, was just as delighted to give their community the opportunity to be vaccinated in a place they know and trust.

“Parkside School is so grateful to have had this opportunity for our wonderful students because most would not cope undertaking this process in an unfamiliar environment. Instead we have happy, smiling students being vaccinated in the comfort of the classroom and with their families and familiar staff beside them. It was wonderful to see.

NRHCC Disability Lead Katie Daniel said while Auckland’s main vaccination centres do offer good accessibility for people with disabilities, taking the vaccination programme to the specialist school communities enables students to be vaccinated in a familiar, safe environment.