Northland DHB reassures parents 'they will not miss out' on meningococcal vaccine

Northland District Health Board is reassuring parents they will not miss out on free meningococcal vaccinations for their children if they are eligible.

Hundreds of people queued yesterday as community clinics opened to immunise young children and teenagers against the new meningococcal W strain.

Some feared they would miss out.

From today 25,000 meningococcal vaccines will be handed out in Northland, following three deaths. Source: 1 NEWS

But service manager Cath Bowmar said there was plenty of vaccines to go around for the target age groups.

Ms Bowmar said GPs had difficulty sourcing stocks of the vaccine, but that was not the case for the DHB.

Northland GPs said they had waiting lists of people willing to pay to vaccinate five to 12-year-old children who were not eligible for free shots.

But most could not get a hold of any vaccine, and said it could be January before they got supplies.

The queue outside the vax clinic at Whangarei Girls High. Source: