Taranaki Programme Weekly Update
The change in Aotearoa from alert levels to the new traffic light system has meant more people having the freedom to travel, visit friends and whānau and get away for a much anticipated break this holiday period.
This freedom brings with it an expectation that we will see case numbers rise, so ensuring that you, and your whānau, are fully vaccinated will be crucial to keeping transmission and infection rates as low as we can.
Maintaining your immunity once you are fully vaccinated is also important, and booster shots are now available for those aged 18 and over who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago.
You can book an appointment to get your booster shot, via BookMyVaccine
or by calling 0800 29 28 26 (8am-8pm, 7 days), or just walk in.
The booster is the same as your first and second dose (unless you changed to the AstraZeneca option mid-course), and so any side effects are likely to be similar too - such as a sore arm, muscle aches or headaches.
These mild effects are a sign your body's immune system is learning to fight the virus. There are more serious side effects like a severe allergic reaction of an inflammation of the heart (myocarditis). If you develop difficulty breathing, a racing heart, chest pain or feel faint within a few days after receiving your vaccine, please seek medical attention.
If you need advice or have any concerns at any time, you can ring Healthline on 0800 3585453.
You do not need to have a booster shot to get a My Vaccine Pass, and are currently not mandatory for workers who need to be vaccinated.
For more information about boosters visit Get your booster dose | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)
or pick up an information booklet at your local vaccination clinic.