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COVID19: What you need to know as of 23/12/21
Community cases and new variants have dictated a change in our game plan from elimination, to control and containment under the traffic light system.
High vaccination rates are critical for this and there are numerous pharmacies, general practices and community vaccination events in addition to the original clinics. Most are walk-in but you can book if you want. Simply click the button below or phone 0800 28 29 26.
Vaccination is now approved for children five years and older from January 17th. The reduced dose is given eight weeks apart. The interval between the second dose for adults and their booster shot has been reduced to four months from six in the New Year. A third shot as part of the primary immunisation (as distinct from a booster shot) is also available to immunocompromised people. Both these shots are aimed at maximising the immune response of the primary vaccination.
Attitudes to vaccination are becoming polarised and fewer unvaccinated people are simply undecided. However we are still offering appointments to discuss the pros and cons of vaccination with the doctor or nurse of your choice. If cost is a barrier we can help with this. Parents may well have concern about the new recommendation for children and are also welcome to discuss them.
You can also visit the Immunisation Advisory Centre of NZ website by clicking on the button below.
If you prefer to have your questions answered by a person you can ring the Healthline number 0800 611 116.
There is a central process to apply for vaccination exemptions. For information and the application form click on the button below.
At the moment we are providing phone consultations or face to face appointments with a mask. If you are unable to wear a mask, please advise us. Unfortunately only phone consultations can be booked online via the MMH patient portal. All other appointments need to be made by calling the surgery. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
We are providing Covid testing here, including pre-departure testing for international travel. We are not providing RAT (rapid antigen testing) for the pre-departure testing of unvaccinated domestic travel. This is provided by a number of local pharmacies. We do not provide covid vaccination as there are numerous other places and we can direct you to the most convenient and accessible one.
Our local public health and primary care team dealt with our local community outbreak and the affected people promptly and well. Lessons in the Auckland area have been incorporated in our local response and we are confident we have the systems and the people to keep everyone safe.
Vaccination is an important tool but it is not our only tool. Don’t let up on all the infection control and self-care measures either. These protect you from more than Covid. Contact tracing is vital. Record your movements without fail. This makes contact tracing as fast and easy as it needs to be.
The Covid App makes it easy to scan QR codes and receive notifications of potentially infectious contacts. If you don’t have, or don’t want the technology there is nothing wrong with manual recording. Have a notepad beside your bed and jot it down before you go to sleep. Remember that you can access your vaccination passport through the covid app. Your pharmacy may be able to help with this or direct you to a pharmacy that can.
Keep up the good work and stay safe.
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