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Weekly Update Issue 43 - Thursday 17 March, 2022

Taranaki Programme Weekly Update

Making sure that everyone in our community is able to access their free, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination has been a key focus of the programme team, and we are always working to find the best way of taking our vaccinators to those who need vaccinating - be it a dose 1or 2, a booster shot or a tamariki vaccination.

We have mobilised campervan clinics, popped up in community halls, provided bacon butties, organised mass vaccination events, visited homes and helped out at community pharmacies.

And now we are encouraging people to get vaccinated without even getting out of their car at a series of drive-through vax events!

They are being held on;

Sunday 20 March  - Waitara
Saturday 26 March - Opunake
Sunday 27 March - Stratford

Organised by Tui Ora and supported by Te Aranga, Ngati Runaui, Ngaruahine and Taranaki DHB, they promise to be a cool way of getting yourself and your whānau vaccinated with some spot prizes and giveaways to ramp up the fun factor! For more details check out TDHB - COVID-19 vaccine or see the poster below.

It's not too late to vaccinate

We have seen the biggest increase in the number of positive cases yesterday with a jump of 30% from 510 on Tuesday to 663 - so it is still important for people to receive their booster shot, if they are due one. Anyone unvaccinated, such as a child, should still go and get their primary doses for the protection it gives against becoming very ill and needing hospital treatment.

The perception that COVID-19 attacks the elderly is not the case at the moment, with the majority of cases so far being seen in those aged under 30. We currently have two children in hospital with the virus.

Please remember though that if you have been ill with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you need to leave time before getting vaccinated.
If you need your first or second dose, you should wait until four weeks after recovery, and if you need your booster, you need to wait three months.

This is because the antibodies that have been generated in response to your illness need to reduce in order to allow the vaccine to be more effective in the future, and provide protection for longer.

Although getting an illness does give you some defence against the COVID-19 virus for a while, vaccination is still the best way to protect yourselves, your children, your whānau and wider community.

To keep up to date with the situation in Taranaki, like the Taranaki District Health Board Facebook page and check TDHB - COVID-19 regularly for updates.

Extended clinic hours tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday 18 March) is the last day the New Plymouth main vaccination clinic on Powderham Street will be open late until 6pm - so make sure to get in quick!

The clinic has been opening late this week to give parents the opportunity to bring tamariki in after school to receive their first or second doses.

Next week the clinic will be back to its usual opening hours of Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri 9am - 4.30pm, Thursday 12pm - 8pm and 9am - 4.30m on Saturdays and 12pm - 8pm on Sundays.


AstraZeneca and Novavax clinics

AstraZeneca clinics are held on Wednesdays between 1.00pm - 4.00pm, followed by a Novavax clinic from 5.00pm - 7.00pm.

Novavax is a protein-based vaccine, but works in the same way as Pfizer and AstraZeneca by training your immune system to recognise and fight the spike protein on the SARS-COV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19, but they each use different technology.
  • The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine contains a copy of the SARS-COV-2 spike protein to teach your body how to recognise and fight COVID-19. The vaccine also includes a saponin-based adjuvant, which is an ingredient that helps the vaccine to create a robust immune response. Protein subunit vaccine technology has been used since the mid-1980s, initially to fight against hepatitis B then later for other illnesses such as influenza, pertussis (whooping cough), cholera, diphtheria, human papillomavirus, malaria, and meningococcal disease.
  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine uses messenger RNA (mRNA) that is wrapped in a tiny bubble of fat. The mRNA codes for the SARS-COV-2 spike protein, which prompts your body to make copies of the spike proteins like those on the outside of the SARS-COV-2 virus. These copies then teach your immune system to recognise and fight the virus. mRNA vaccine technology has been in development for several years, to fight against disease like rabies and ebola.
  • AstraZeneca vaccine uses a harmless manufactured virus – called a viral vector – to deliver the spike protein into your body, which then teaches your body how to recognise and fight COVID-19. Viral vector vaccine technology has been used for many years, to fight against disease like ebola.
If you wish, you can receive the Novavax vaccine as a second dose, but you do need clearance and a prescription from your GP. Novavax is not approved as a booster vaccine, and there is no current application lodged with Medsafe for consideration.

For more information about the Novavax vaccination, visit COVID-19 vaccines: Getting Novavax | Ministry of Health NZ

Where can I get vaccinated?

Check out the Taranaki DHB website for the latest updates on clinics and other important information.

Tui Ora, Ngati Ruanui and Ngaruahine regularly post information about clinics on their Facebook pages so are well worth checking out.

COVID-19 Vaccination • Taranaki • Healthpoint has information about community pharmacies and GP clinics - not all our partner-providers are offering paediatric vaccinations so it's best to check (and book) before you go.

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