Rouruina Tararo, one of the mini bus drivers eagerly looking forward to playing his part in the second and final vaccination roll-out. 21060830
As of Tuesday evening, 618 Rarotonga residents had received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Rarotonga hospital
The second round of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine roll-out for
Rarotonga began yesterday with a steady number of residents showing up to the
Nikao Social Centre before being transported up to Rarotonga Hospital.
During the phase one roll-out, residents were welcomed and
encouraged to show up at any time to receive their first dose of the vaccine.
This time, vaccinations will be done strictly by appointment as there is a set
period of time between the first dose and the second dose that must be abided
People are required to bring with them their vaccination
card proving they were receiving their second dose of the vaccine on the
Rarotonga resident Ross Warrick was amongst the first to
receive his second dose of the vaccine on Tuesday. He was glad to have both
doses done and over with.
“The second dose definitely felt better than the first. This
time I hardly felt the needle at all and it was just as quick and efficient as
the first time,” Warrick said upon arriving back from the hospital to continue
on with his day.
A husband and wife, who wished not to be named, were amongst
the first of the country’s eligible population to receive the first dose of the
vaccine last month.
They admitted they were feeling somewhat apprehensive about
the side effects they may get from their second dose, but were basing their
confidence in the good work done by Te Marae Ora to provide the public with as
much information as possible.
Oirua Tini from Te Marae Ora said: “We are very much looking
forward to the second and final roll-out of the vaccine in the next few weeks.
We don’t want 50 per cent, we want 100 per cent. Those who are eligible to come
back and complete their vaccination process, we encourage you to do so.”
Rouruina Tararo, one of the four mini bus drivers
transporting people to and from the social centre and the hospital, says he has
enjoyed the opportunity to serve his country this way.
“During the first roll-out we would do four trips an hour, starting at 6:30am and finishing at 7pm. With this round being strictly appointment only, hopefully the work day will be a little less hectic as this time you cannot just show up whenever you like.
Still, at the end of the day we are just wanting to get everyone their second dose safely and securely,” Tararo shared.
Those who have already received their first dose of the
vaccine are encouraged to keep their vaccination cards safe and to keep a note
of their appointment for their second dose of the vaccine.