Don’t let COVID-19 crash your summer party
As we embrace the summer season, it is vital to remember that COVID-19 is still present in our communities and poses a significant risk. In line with this, Te Whatu Ora urges everyone to prioritise their own well-being, the well-being of their loved ones (whānau), and the well-being of our entire community by getting immunised before the holidays. Additional COVID-19 boosters are available for individuals aged 30 and above, as well as those aged 16-29 who are pregnant or at higher risk of severe illness.
It is important to note that certain groups of people are more likely to benefit from receiving another COVID-19 booster later in 2023. This includes anyone aged 75 and older, Māori and Pacific people aged 65 and older, people aged 30 to 74 with significant complex health needs, and people aged 16 and older who are severely immunocompromised. To ensure the effectiveness of the vaccination, a waiting period of six months between doses is necessary. Additionally, it is recommended to wait six months after your last COVID-19 infection before receiving a booster.
As you plan your summer road trip, it’s wise to ensure that you have an adequate supply of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs). This will allow you to test everyone in your whānau during the holiday period if the need arises. Free RATs are still available at collection centers until 29th February 2024. To find a collection center near you, please visit www.healthpoint.co.nz or call the toll-free number 0800 222 478. Please take note of the opening hours of the centers, as they may vary during the summer season.
For those who reside in rural areas, have disabilities, are immunocompromised, or face challenges in collecting RATs themselves, there is support available. You can call 0800 222 478 to inquire about your eligibility for a RAT delivery service.