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Weekly Update Issue 44 - Thursday 24 March, 2022

Taranaki Programme Weekly Update

The recent Government announcement updating the COVID-19 Protection Framework included changes in vaccine mandates and vaccination pass requirements.

Vaccine mandates

From April 4, vaccine mandates will be lifted for everyone except health and care workers, prison staff and border workers, although businesses will still be able to have workforce vaccination requirements if they wish.

Health workers are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19, and are also liable to transmit the virus to highly vulnerable patients in their care. Aged care facilities and prisons are also places where vulnerable people may be exposed to large outbreaks. Border and MIQ workers are likely to be the first people in our community to be exposed to new variants of COVID-19 so it is important to minimise their risk of becoming infected and passing the infection on to others.

Now that Omicron is circulating widely in the community, the relative risk to children of contracting COVID-19 at school (compared to other locations) or from school workers (compared to the community) has reduced compared to when the vaccine mandate was originally introduced.

Vaccine mandates may be reinstated in future if required, for example if a more severe variant emerges that needs more stringent public health measures to be put in place.

My Vaccine Pass

My Vaccine Pass was required while the vaccination roll-out was put into action, but with around 95% of the eligible population at least double dosed, it is no longer needed. Businesses will still be able to use the system if they would like to, but from 4 April it won’t be required.

However, people are advised to not delete their MVP from their phones or throw away any hard copies in case vaccine pass requirements are needed once more at some point in the future.

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.

Would you like a vaccination with that?

The sun shone on Taranaki's first drive through vaccination clinic in Waitara last weekend, and a steady stream of locals took the opportunity to get their COVID-19 jab.

Organised by Lisa Zame, Tui Ora's programme manager, and supported by Pinnacle Midlands Health Network, Te Aranga and Taranaki DHB, the event saw 108 vaccines administered ( 22 tamariki vaccinations, 6 first dose, 7 second dose and 72 booster shots).

The team also had a lot of fun giving away kai snack packs and a tamariki kete to enjoy while waiting out the observation period, plus some very cool spot prizes.

This was the first drive-through event in a series of three - Opunake takes place this Saturday (26 March) and Stratford on Sunday (27 March). Check out the notices below for more information.

Images clockwise from top left: Hoani Inia (Te Atiawa) gets his booster; Tui Ora's Lisa Zame (left) with Paul Cummings (middle) from Te Aranga and Tama Tamatea (right) from Pinnacle; Pocket the dog kept is owner company as he received his booster shot and; Tui Ora kaitautoko Ruahine Haddon (right) and her partner Jesse Patu who were supporting the kaupapa.

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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