New Zealand is getting an unconventional Covid-19 vaccination clinic in the form of a Boeing 787 plane. The winged vaccination site is being operated by Air New Zealand this weekend as part of the government’s “Super Saturday” vaccination boosting initiative.
Doses will be administered from the business class section of the plane. Guests will get a commemorative “ticket” before moving onto the economy class where they can enjoy free snacks and wait out their observation period.
After successfully keeping Covid-19 at bay for many months, the Delta variant has prompted the country’s first large outbreak with over 1,500 confirmed cases.
The airplane is a fun and innovative way to get people vaccinated, but organizers also hope that the exciting potential of travel will prompt more people to get vaccinated.
“We know Aucklanders have been doing it tough recently and we hope the idea of boarding an international aircraft for the first time in a long while will lift some spirits – while also encouraging people to protect themselves,” said David Morgan, Air New Zealand’s chief safety officer.