Covid safety push around district

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Wearing facemasks is the new normal in the battle against covid.

Some businesses are offering incentives – whether monetary or quicker access – for those who get vaccinations and others have been providing additional facilities to ensure social distancing, as well as limiting visitors on site.

Anzco Foods general manager operations Darryl Tones said industry protocols had been put in place at its sites to keep its employees safe such as additional personal protective equipment and marquees were brought in to enable social distancing during breaks.

‘‘As a large employer in Canterbury Anzco has a responsibility to keep its employees safe,’’ Mr Tones said.

‘‘An outbreak of the highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19 would have a significant impact on Anzco’s people and its operations.’’

As an incentive to employees, the company was also offering a $100 supermarket voucher to all employees who had received one or both of their covid vaccinations. It was a voluntary offer for those that wanted to participate.

‘‘The response from employees is extremely positive,’’ Mr Tones said.

Around the district Mid Cantabrians also have more options to get covid vaccinations.

Medical centres and most pharmacies encourage people to use the ‘Book My Vaccine’ website- bookmyvaccine. covid19.health.nz – (you can also view available vaccination appointments throughout the district) or make an appointment over the phone by ringing Ph 0800 28 29 26.

But Wises Pharmacy and Tancred Street Dispensary will take covid vaccination bookings and people can call directly. Vaccines take place on their respective sites.

Canterbury District Health Board has also been working with Ashburton District Council to get pop-up vaccination clinics for residents in Mid Canterbury.

Ashburton District Council people and capabilities manager Sarah Moseley said council was promoting its employees to get vaccinated via internal communication channels and permitting employees to get a vaccine during work time without any requirement to make up the time.

“Given we provide a wide range of services to the community, council would like to see as many frontline workers, as are willing, to be vaccinated,” she said.

“We believe a reasonable proportion of council employees have already received one or more covid-19 vaccines or have booked an appointment.”

Under Level 2 restrictions the district health board has ongoing visitor restrictions at Ashburton Hospital, Ashburton Maternity Ward and Tuarangi resthome.

Health Board emergency coordination centre controller Helen Skinner said there were a number of visitor restrictions at all of its health facilities.

Visitors were required to scan or sign in on arrival, wear a mask or face covering and practice safe physical distancing. There were also limits on the number of people who could visit at a time.

‘‘Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. Visitors who are unwell should not be entering our facilities,’’ Dr Skinner said.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms (at least one of the following symptoms: new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, stuffy or runny nose, lost sense of smell – with or without afever) you should contact your General Practice team or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

‘‘Most GP teams are offering testing if you have these symptoms.

‘‘If you have symptoms and are not registered with a GP team you can attend a testing centre (which you do not need an appointment to attend).’’