Front-line health workers in Waitematā DHB are beginning to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.
It comes a week before the DHB officially launches its vaccination programme for its 8600 staff.
In a media release, the DHB said it would start with 1820 higher-risk staff members who are more at risk of contracting the virus through direct patient contact if community transmission was to occur.
North Shore Hospital emergency department nurse Tegan Mayo received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine this week.
"The whole process was painless and I encourage everyone to get vaccinated when the opportunity arises, Mayo said.
"It was exciting and I was glad to be part of history being made."
Vaccination clinics for healthcare workers have been set up at both North Shore Hospital and Waitākere Hospital.
DHB chief executive Dale Bramley said vaccinations beginning was an important milestone in protecting the community from Covid-19.
"An incredible amount of work has gone on to get these clinic up and running and the vaccination of our staff will provide yet another layer of protection for all those who use and visit our facilities."
Blind Low Vision NZ is launching a bookathon to inspire children to get reading.
The Great Kiwi Bookathon is being rolled out in June to promote reading and to raise funds for people suffering from vision loss.
Registrations are now open for parents to sign up their children- and themselves- to read as many books as they can.
Participants are encouraged to seek sponsorship to raise funds for Blind Low Vision NZ.
Go to bookathon.co.nz to register online.
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