CITC Pharmacy put out a call for pre-orders of the injection in April. Around 400 people put in an order, and the business had 520 vaccines freighted over – but the surplus quickly ran out. CITC had asked for pre-orders to limit waste and keep costs down by only freighting one load of vaccines.
Staff at Pacific Resort and Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa were offered the influenza injections for free, and 26 people took up the offer.
The shots were administered by CITC pharmacist Shannon Saunders, who visited the resort on May 15.
“This is much easier than all their staff trying to get into the pharmacy in their own time,” she said.
This is the third year Pacific Resort has purchased the immunisations for staff.
Other businesses that pre-ordered vaccinations include CITC, Air NZ, Air Raro, Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruises, the Ministry of Health, Telecom, Westpac, Southpac, Rite Price, and Cook Island Trust.
Saunders said there has been a high demand for the vaccine this year.
“It is great to see these businesses take up the opportunity to protect their staff and in some cases their families too.”
The reason people are more likely to catch the flu in winter is not because of the cooler weather itself but because the lower temperatures send everyone indoors, making it easy to pass on the virus, said Saunders.