News: Covid cases in Featherston

13 January 2022

The mayor of South Wairarapa, Alex Beijen, says today’s news that Featherston has four Covid-19 cases is not unexpected and urges people to continue to go about their business but be vigilant about their protection.

“We all know the drill but it’s vital we keep up the basic measures because we know they work, “ he said. “That’s regular handwashing, wearing a mask when out and about, keeping our 2 metres apart and keeping a track of our movements so contact tracers can help us stay informed.”

Mr Beijen expressed sympathy for the affected residents and asked that their privacy be respected.

“It was inevitable Covid-19 would find its way to us eventually and I hope the affected residents will rest up and recover soon.

“The virus’ arrival does, however, underline how very important it is to be vaccinated and for those of us who have two shots and are eligible, to get booster shots. And it’s vital for all of us to be proactive and get tested if you think you have symptoms.”

A vaccination clinic at Featherston community centre is closed, but a pop-up clinic at Featherston’s Anzac Hall will open on Saturday and continue running for the rest of the month on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10am to 3.30pm. Booster shots are available to those over 18 who had their second shot at least four months ago.

A network of community representatives in Featherston is planning to meet this afternoon to respond to any needs of affected residents or provide reassurance. Anyone wishing to contact the group can call the Council for details on 06 3069611.

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