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Local residents wanting a different option for the COVID-19 vaccine now have the opportunity.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is now available throughout the country at limited vaccination clinics.

For Central Hawke’s Bay residents, people wanting to have AstraZeneca, it will be available at the Waipawa Rugby Clubrooms vaccination clinic, and for Tararua residents at the Dannevirke Community Hospital.

Bookings for the vaccine must be made via the bookmyvaccine.nz website, and choosing the AstraZeneca option.

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The Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination van will visit OngaOnga and Tikokino today.

Vaccinators will be at the Onga Town Hall between 10am and midday, and at the Tikokino Hall between 1pm and 2.30pm.

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Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua will move to the Orange Traffic Light Setting this Friday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced yesterday what setting each area of the country would move to when the new COVID-19 Protection Framework comes into effect.

Under the Orange setting all businesses will be able to open without restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated, and using the My Vaccine Pass.

For business not using the My Vaccine Pass, or for those unvaccinated, a number of restrictions will apply for the likes of hospitality, hairdressers, gyms and events.

Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty, who spoke to a small group of business owners in CHB last week, is encouraging people unsure of the rules to contact his office.

He said people can also go to the website business.govt.nz.

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Waipawa and Sherwood will play in the final of the Stevenson & Taylor sponsored CHB Country T20 Cricket Competition this Sunday.

Wallingford and Onga-Tiko will play for third and fourth.

The games are being played at the Sherwood Cricket Ground from midday this Sunday, and spokesperson Mark Boderick says families and spectators are welcome.

At the weekend, Onga-Tiko hosted Waipawa in round 3, with Onga-Tiko setting a target of 131 for 3.

Waipawa were able to get there with four wickets in hand and one over remaining.