Urgent medication needs will be addressed this Easter with a handful of pharmacies open in Waipa, Ōtorohanga and Waitomo districts.
Sanders Pharmacy in Te Awamutu is the only pharmacy across the three western Waikato districts open every day over the Easter weekend between 9am and 3pm.
Ōtorohanga Pharmacy is open on Saturday only from 9am - 12.30pm
Western Waikato Emergency Operations Centre local controller, David Simes, said it was important for people who require regular medication to check they have enough for Easter weekend so pharmacy staff can take a well-needed break.
“Pharmacy staff have been working tirelessly over the level four lockdown to provide medication to those in need and they are some of our most at risk at this time,” Simes said.
“This is an opportunity for them to rest, recharge and spend time with their household bubble.”
On Good Friday and Easter Sunday, most shops are required to be closed under the Shop Trading Hours Repeal Act 1990, however pharmacies are exempt.
Siimes added people who require regular medication should be checking their stocks regularly to ensure they have enough in advance.
“Obviously urgent situations do arise and if a medical emergency occurs you should dial 111.”
Supermarkets with pharmacies onsite will not have pharmacy services operating when they are open on Easter Sunday. These pharmacy services will be available on Saturday and Easter Monday.
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