Crawford Medical’s team of 17 dedicated and experienced nurses have vaccinated about 4300 patients, says practice manager Kate Donley.
“There’s actually an oversupply of vaccines in the market right now, but we haven’t wasted a single one.”
Crawford’s new and separate vaccination centre has been up and running for three weeks. The temporary clinic is located at 12B Picton Street (behind the Crawford Specialist Centre). It’s open Monday to Friday between 9 am – 4:30 pm and Saturday mornings (9 am – 12:30 pm).
Part of the reason the vaccination centre is separate is that Crawford is also a community testing centre. “We want to keep our infection control as tight as possible and everyone safe,” Donley says.
Our staff are vaccinated and have extensive experience with vaccinations, and are trained in the Covid-19 programme.
The trusted and respected Crawford Medical Centre in Howick was one of the first general practices in east Auckland to administer Covid-19 vaccinations, which it’s been doing since early July.
“We have a real focus on education and keeping up-to-date on clinic processes. Our staff are at the top in terms of knowledge and general expertise. Everything we do at Crawford is with the utmost patient care,” Donley says.
“This vaccine programme is no different. You get the same Crawford care even though we’re part of a national programme.”
There are also processes in place to ensure the safety of their staff and patients, such as spaced out seating and regular cleaning.
Crawford Medical is encouraging anyone aged 12 years old and over to get vaccinated. All that’s needed is a phone call, brief details, and a scheduled appointment.
Patients are in and out for their vaccinations within 30 minutes, and families in bubbles can get vaccinated together.
“It’s an easy and convenient process,” Donley says. “There is street parking just outside the clinic.”
The main clinic is also open for anyone desiring Covid-19 swabs. The process takes approximately 10 minutes with a scheduled appointment.
“We want people in East Auckland to be protected.”