Rosemary answers call for vaccine help

Rosemary gives Nicholas Treleaven a dose of Covid-19 vaccine. (Photo Eastfield Health). Below: Rosemary Moore out of her nurse's uniform.

Rosemary Moore has come out of nursing retirement to lend a hand with the covid vaccine roll-out.

The 66-year-old is a casual staff member with Eastfield Health and has been immunising people since the end of July.

She has flexible hours and is part of a team of three or four that works at a vaccine clinic running three times a week.

Typically between 150 and 320 jabs are given at each session.

The former practice nurse is based at the Ashburton Racecourse and is gowned up and wearing PPE gear. She last wore PPE during the SARS virus outbreak nearly two decades ago.

Rosemary put her name down to be part of the Covid-19 vaccination workforce earlier this year, but heard nothing back for a long time.

“Eastfield asked me if I could help with the rollout here and I said yes.

“I’m really happy to be involved because I’m helping to make a small difference in fighting the virus.”

She had never expected to get back into any type of nursing, and although her working days were busy, she was quite enjoying it.

Rosemary has had to renew her annual nursing practising licence and insurance and has updated her skills and knowledge through online courses.

She is limited to what she is allowed to do and does not plan on nursing beyond her current assignment.

Rosemary’s nursing career began in Christchurch in the early 1970s and straight from school.

She later moved south and worked at Ashburton Hospital for 20 years. Another stint followed as a practice nurse at Allenton Medical Centre and she ended her career doing casual nursing.

In retirement Rosemary has been very active in service club Altrusa and is also a volunteer at Mid Canterbury Citizens Advice Bureau.