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Weekly Update Issue 29 - Thursday 4 November, 2021

68% (up 8.6%) of Taranaki people are fully vaccinated
85% (up 2.7%) of Taranaki people have received their first dose

48% (up 13%) of Taranaki Māori are fully vaccinated
69% (up 4.4%) of Taranaki Māori have received their first dose

65% (up 16%) of Taranaki Pacific people are fully vaccinated
84% (up 3.7%) of Taranaki Pacific people have received their first dose

doses have been administered to people living in Taranaki

first doses to go to reach 90% 

(as of Nov 3, 2021)

Taranaki Programme Weekly Update

The importance of getting our region to 90% plus vaccinated against COVID-19, particularly for our Māori whānau, should not be underestimated.

This level of immunisation within our community will mean that when the COVID-19 virus reaches us, we will be much better equipped to deal with it.

Our GP's and pharmacies will be able to care for the majority of the sick, leaving our hospitals free to look after the most vulnerable.

Our emergency departments and hospital wards will not get over-run and unable to cope.

Frontline-health staff will not be putting their lives at risk every time they turn up for work.

Our children will be safe. Our elderly will have no need to be scared. And we can continue to enjoy living our lives in the way we want, not restricted by lockdowns and border controls.

There are just 5,582 people who need to receive their first dose to get us to that first 90% target. As a programme, together with our Māori partner-providers, we could vaccinate that many people in three days.

Only three days. Three days to give us all certainty. Three days to be able to plan for a summer like no other. Three days to get our freedom back. 

We have the vaccine supply and the vaccinators. Our clinics are ready for you. Are you ready to step up yet?

Super Saturday Take Two!

If you joined the fun of Super Saturday by getting your first dose vaccination - it's time for your second ! Make sure you either book an appointment or walk-in to one of the many vaccination clinics around the rohe this Saturday (Nov 6).

Want to book? Visit BookMyVaccine for a list of all the clinics with appointments available and pick a place and time that works for you!

Looking for a walk-in? These are all listed on the Taranaki DHB website here - TDHB - COVID-19 vaccine - and check out the Taranaki DHB and Tui Ora Facebook pages.

Tui Ora are holding some awesome Super Rāhoroi events in New Plymouth, Ōpunake and Waitara - free kai and voucher giveaways! (see below)

Spotswood students korero with Minister Henare


Associate Health Minister, Peeni Henare visited health providers, community leaders and kura around the maunga in a bid to understand how Government can support us to reach our vaccination target for Māori of 95+%.
One of the stops on the tour was at Spotswood College, where students were asked to join an informal kōrero session with the minister and Māori health provider Tui Ora and Māori COVID-19 Response Te Aranga.
In a show of hands nearly all of the students in the room said that they were vaccinated. Some had done it because they wanted to continue to spend time with elderly relatives, others because they have whānau in Australia and they want to travel to see them and others simply because they don’t want to miss out. The taiohi were also  frank about the additional pressures of trying to learn away from the school room due to continues lockdowns and restrictions.
Having only visited the region last month, Minister Henare was impressed to see how much progress has been made by Tui Ora, Te Aranga, Iwi and Taranaki DHB to work together on the vaccination roll out.
“A few weeks ago I wouldn’t have thought this was possible but what I’ve seen in the last two days has really impressed me," he said."There are still some hard yards to go but I feel confident that Taranaki is heading in the right direction.”
The Government has approved $23.5 million for eight Māori organisations and iwi to boost vaccination rates via the $120 million Māori Communities Covid-19 fund. Taranaki is due to receive $1.3 million of this funding to train vaccinators, recruit nurses and set up kaiarahi teams.

Check out some of the media coverage of the visit:

Taranaki vaccination rate has 'definitely improved', Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare says |

Minister wants Taranaki DHB vaccine gains made permanent - NZ Herald

Images: Top: Te Kōhanga Reo o Waiwhakaiho team along with Rosemary Clements, CE of Taranaki District Health Board; Bottom left with students from Spotswood College and; Bottom right: a round table chat with the Te Aranga team in Waitara.


Ngāti Ruanui Health Care Clinics

Hāwera Health Centre, 41 Hunter Street, Hāwera
Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm for walk-in vaccinations

Pātea Health Centre, 1 Lincoln Street, Pātea
Open Wednesday and Thursday for booked appointments - call 0800 766 537


Ngāruahine Healthcare Trust Clinics

Thursday 11 November I Ngarongo Kete Marae I 12pm - 8pm

Don't forget you can still book an appointment at one of our main vaccination centres, with one of our GP or pharmacy partner-providers, or with your Māori health provider - whatever works for you!
It is so easy to do - the online booking portal Book My Vaccine makes the process very straightforward - and has a booking availability tool so you can see at a glance where clinics are and what appointment times they have free. 
Check out if your doctor is offering COVID-19 vaccinations at Healthpoint.

Get on the bus - for FREE

All Taranaki bus trips are free for anyone travelling to or from a vaccination appointment - book your seat by following these links!   This is the Opunake to Hawera Service return on a Thursday.  Opunake to New Plymouth and can go via Parihaka. This is a Friday service this is the Connector  - which has an online booking tool for passengers.  This is a 4 times daily service Opunake Hawera New Plymouth return. this has the main information for passengers as well as route maps and how to navigate the Ariki Street bus centre.  All urban services run Monday to Friday  


The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) has a new website dedicated to COVID-19.

The app Āwhina lets you access information from the Ministry of Health and other trusted sources on your mobile device and sends out notifications on key COVID-19 vaccine announcements. You can download Āwhina here

The MoH COVID-19 Vaccine Resources page is full of useful information, frequently asked questions and also fact sheets in multiple languages

Data and statistics about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in New Zealand can be found here.

HealthPathways platforms nationwide have published (or will soon publish) COVID-19 Vaccination Information pages. General practices can log into their local HealthPathways site to access this useful information.

Government cyber security agency CERT NZ has published guidance on how to protect your organisation when communicating about the vaccine on CERT NZ’s website.

Unite Against COVID-19 contains a multitude of resources on the COVID-19 vaccine, including the latest government announcements.

Medsafe’s website has COVID-19 vaccine approval information and vaccine reports.

Medsafe also publishes data sheets and consumer medicine information for approved COVID-19 vaccines.

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