Taranaki Programme Weekly Update
With case numbers still rising in Taranaki and winter fast approaching, it is important we all remain vigilant about what we can do to keep Omicron under control on behalf of the most vulnerable in our communities.
Despite the easing of My Vaccine Pass restrictions and an increase in capacity limits for both outdoor and indoor businesses and events from Monday, the need to act responsibly still rests with us as individuals.
Maintaining good personal hygiene, such as washing hands and sneezing or coughing into your elbow, wearing masks when appropriate and maintaining social distancing from those you don't know or do not regularly meet with during your everyday life are all ways of slowing transmission of Omicron down. Stay home if you feel sick, and take a RAT or PCR test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
It is also vital that those who are due for a COVID-19 booster shot get it. The antibodies produced by our bodies in response to the primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine reduce over time, which means the protection the vaccine gives us losses its effectiveness. A booster shot gives our bodies a wake-up call to replenish the antibodies so we are less likely to contract the virus when we come into contact with it, or get very sick if we do.
Both the vaccination clinics in New Plymouth and Hāwera ore open seven days and you are welcome to just walk-in. GP Clinics and community pharmacies are still administering the vaccines, along with our partner Māori health providers Tui Ora and Ngati Ruanui.
We are also continuing our rural outreach clinics - see below or visit TDHB - COVID-19 vaccine
to find out where and when. This is also where information about any pop-up clinics is updated.
For details and opening hours of other vaccination clinics, visit COVID-19 Vaccination • Taranaki • Healthpoint