With summer just 8 weeks away, we need everyone to book their first vaccine appointment now. This will ensure everyone can get two doses and enjoy everything a classic Kiwi summer has to offer.
Here’s the bottom line – the more of us that are fully vaccinated, the more protection we’ll have against Covid-19 and the more freedom we’ll have as we work our way back to reopening the country safely.
We all have a role to play in getting our friends, whānau and communities vaccinated – this is why we’re joining the Canterbury District Health Board in asking you in supporting our national day of action this Saturday 16 October – Super Saturday.
Did you know that UC has approximately 1100 on-campus international students who have not been able to return home to their families for the past two summers, given NZ’s ongoing border closures? These students have committed to staying in Aotearoa so as not to jeopardise their studies with us.
This summer the International Relationships Office wants to ensure all international students who are staying in Christchurch over the break feel welcomed and supported by our UC community. We want to encourage our students to have some fun and get to know new friends in the UC community.
How can you help?
We welcome UC staff to invite a couple of international students to take part in a summer activity with you and your whānau. This could be a BBQ at your home, a walk at Sumner beach, or even a day trip to Akaroa. Perhaps students could join you for a community event in Christchurch e.g., Christmas Carols at Hagley Park – it’s up to you. This is a one-off activity, designed to fit with your existing summer plans. There is no expectation of ongoing interaction with the students, though we hope that you’ll now have another friendly face to see around campus.
Please note that we ask any staff who sign up, to host two international students. Pairing students up gives them a level of comfort and confidence. The IRO will connect you to students who are not in the same department as you, to ensure no conflict of interest.
If you’re interested in taking part in this programme please complete the form here before 10 November 2021. IRO will be in touch after the deadline with more information, guidelines for H&S etc.
In partnership with the Canterbury District Health Board [CDHB] and the UCSA, the University of Canterbury were proud to host a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic on campus this week.
Initially planned to be held over Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October, the popularity of the clinic on day one – in addition to overwhelming demand – saw the clinic extended to a third day, Thursday 7 October.
A ‘drop-in’ centre where all were welcome, we were thrilled to confirm that approximately 2,000 vaccinations were administered across the three days the clinic was hosted on campus.
The University believes having a high number of vaccinated Cantabrians is important for the health and wellbeing of our local, national and international communities, as well as ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand can reopen safely, both domestically and internationally.
As we shared across our social media channels earlier this week – proud doesn’t begin to cover how we feel about this week’s vaccination clinic turn out. To our staff, students and community – thank you.
Here’s just a taste of the great media coverage our pop-up clinic received this week: