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By TRACEY ROXBURGH

Queenstown Airport’s holding a drive-through vax clinic today and tomorrow, primarily aimed at the 1500-odd Queenstowners who’ve received compromised jabs.

On Monday, the Southern District Health Board revealed vaccines administered by Queenstown provider Engage Safety between December 1 and January 28 may not have
provided any protection from Covid due to an issue with the ultra-cold temperatures the
vaccine has to be stored at.

In total, 1571 people — primarily Queenstowners — have been affected.

Those vaccines were administered at a variety of locations, including at a pop-up booster clinic held at Queenstown Airport in December.

In a statement on Monday, Engage Safety director Debbie Swain-Rewi said the issue was detected during an audit last week.

‘‘I want to say how very sorry I am for the inconvenience and upset caused to all the people affected by this.

‘‘I have a long history in healthcare in the Queenstown Lakes area … this issue has never happened before and I am fully supporting the SDHB’s investigation into the
matter.’’

Engage Safety’s stopped providing vaccinations until an independent investigation’s been completed.

Health board staff are notifying people who’ve received the compromised vaccine — anyone with concerns can have a fully-funded GP consultation.

Meantime, in conjunction with Mountain Lakes Medical Centre and Te Kāika, the airport’s holding a pop-up drive-through vaccine clinic at its Brookes Road carpark — formerly the park-and-ride — behind Mitre 10.

The clinic’s open to all eligible age groups in the wider community for first, second and booster shots.

Those impacted by the December pop-up clinic jabs will be given access to a priority lane after they advise staff they need a replacement vax.

The clinic will run from 11am to 7pm today and tomorrow.

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz