Tairāwhiti has reached two vaccination milestones today; their eligible population reached 90% fully vaccinated –the 18th DHB to do so – and it’s eligible Māori population reached 90% first doses.
The Tairāwhiti DHB has worked in partnership with local providers and advocates to ensure as many people as possible have had the opportunity to get vaccinated. This includes reaching those in the region’s most remote communities with vaccination vans.
Yesterday afternoon, New Zealand’s ten millionth vaccine dose was administered.
This incredible milestone is a testament to the country’s commitment to vaccination as a safe and effective way to protect ourselves against COVID-19.
A high rate of vaccination helped us minimise the most severe effects of Delta. With Omicron spreading around the country, getting vaccinated continues to be our best defence against COVID-19.
The Big Boost Week continues to see tens of thousands of people going out to get their booster dose each day. Yesterday, there were 57,364 boosters administered.
If it’s been three months since you got your second dose, please get your booster as soon as possible. Boosters lower your chances of getting very sick and being hospitalised.
It is encouraging to see a high level of testing this week. However, it is important the right people get tested for the right reasons.
There is good testing capacity throughout the country, but unnecessary testing could delay results for those who urgently need them.
People should only get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms, if they have been at a location of interest, or if they have been asked to get tested by a health official.
This weekend, we’re also asking people to stick to the basics to reduce the chances of catching and spreading COVID-19.
When you’re out and about, please physical distance and wear a mask, especially when you’re around people you don’t know.
As always, scan in using the COVID-19 Tracer App. Scanning in will ensure you are alerted quickly if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
* Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a DHB or local public health unit level. This is because of different reporting cut off times and the assignment of cases between regions, for example when a case is tested outside their usual region of residence. Total numbers will always be the formal daily case tally as reported to the WHO.
A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in South Canterbury. There are now two active cases in South Canterbury.
A location of interest in Tekapo has been published.
Anyone who was at Mackenzies Cafe Bar & Grill between 5.00pm – 5.45pm on Sunday 6 February is asked to self-isolate, get a test, and record your visit online or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 so contact tracers can get in touch.
Additionally, anyone in the Southern Canterbury region who has any cold or flu like symptoms should get tested.
The case was confirmed after our cut off period so will be added to official figures tomorrow.