Weekly Update Issue 25 - Wednesday 6 October, 2021

40% of Taranaki people are fully protected
71% of Taranaki people have received their first dose

25% of Taranaki Māori are fully protected
50% of Taranaki Māori have received their first dose

33% of Taranaki Pacific people are fully protected
68% of Taranaki Pacific people have received their first dose

doses have been administered to people living in Taranaki

(as of 11.59pm, Oct 5)

Taranaki Programme Weekly Update

As the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Aotearoa continues to grow, and the virus has begun its journey south towards Taranaki, efforts to increase the numbers of people getting vaccinated take on even more urgency.

We have seen more people coming through the clinic door to get their first dose jabs, which is fantastic, but we need everyone to step up if we are going to get our communities through what is to come.

Getting vaccinated doesn't just benefit an individual because they don't get as sick if they do contract the virus, it benefits the whole community because that person is less likely to transmit the virus, so less people get sick in the first place. It means we don't have to be locked down to save lives, because lives will be less likely to be on the line. It means we can still enjoy the freedoms of meeting friends and whānau for a meal, a night out, a celebration. We could have our summer back to party, to enjoy live music, to go to our favourite festivals and concerts.

It means a whole lot.

So.. Get with the programme, Get Booked and Get Vaccinated!

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 were clinics are and what appointment times they have free.

Check out the TDHB website too - there are details there of the pop-ups happening around the region - and the numerous walk-in opportunities there are.

Our Māori partner-providers are also doing a great job of holding clinics and meeting community needs - see below for more details.

And don't forget your local GP clinics and pharmacies who have lots of appointments - and many are also doing walk-ins too! Check out if your doctor is offering COVID-19 vaccinations at Healthpoint.

Your time is NOW, Taranaki. 
Our last mass community vaccination clinics are being held this weekend at the TSB Stadium, New Plymouth and the TSB Hub, Hāwera (see details above) - WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

If you have an appointment already booked for your first dose, you can change it to an earlier date by going to Book My Vaccine, by calling 0800 28 29 26 or by coming into any clinic and speaking to a member of our team.

Meet the Waitara aunties taking on COVID-19

The aunties of the Waitara Māori Women’s Welfare League (MWWL) appeared on Breakfast TV this morning (Thursday 7 Oct).

The determined wāhine are leading the charge against COVID-19 in defence of their kaumatua, their whānau, their hapu, and the wider community.

Together with the Taranaki DHB and Ngāti Rāhiri Hapu, the members of the MWWL in Waitara are holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics at 38 Queen Street, Waitara (next to New World supermarket) for the next three weeks.
Dates and times are:
Wednesday 13 October, Thursday 14 October                        9am – 3.30pm
Wednesday 20 October, Thursday 21 October
Wednesday 27 October, Thursday 28 October
All are welcome to walk-in, receive their vaccination, and enjoy a cuppa and some korero!

Calling all Taranaki Businesses......

A  toolkit containing information and resources to help workplaces, non-profit groups and other organisations to support COVID-19 vaccinations in their communities is available for businesses to download

The toolkit helps business owners to support the national vaccine and immunisation programme — and most importantly, ensure their people are protected from COVID-19. 

Download the toolkit there!

BONUS Living Reward points at your local pharmacy

Get your COVID-19 vaccination at any participating Unichem or Life Pharmacy and swipe your card for bonus points! 

You will receive 25 bonus points for your 1st vaccination and 50 bonus points if it's your 2nd vaccination PLUS as an extra reward for helping NZ to get 90% COVID-19 Vaccinated, you could also get 15% OFF your retail purchase made on the day.

Unichem and Life Pharmacies in Taranaki who are offering COVID-19 vaccinations are: 

Life Pharmacy New Plymouth - Centre City
Unichem Westtown Pharmacy
Unichem Mackays Pharmacy

We are in Alert Level 2

There are no restrictions on who can be included in your household bubble.

You can go to work and school - but please follow the guidelines about wearing masks and social distancing.

Make sure you track where you go when out and about - using the NZ COVID Tracer app is the easiest way.


For national updates - visit Unite against COVID-19

For Taranaki DHB updates - visit the website at www.tdhb.org.nz and like the Taranaki DHB Facebook page

For Taranaki COVID-19 Vaccination Programme updates - visit the website at www.tdhb.org.nz/covid19/vaccine.shtml


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.

Contact us at communications@tdhb.org.nz