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Expert Advice Sought On Long-term Health Challenges

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 1:01 pm | Ministry of Health

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā! E ngā mātanga, e ngā māngai, tēnei te karanga ki a koutou kia tono mai ki tēnei kaupapa, hei āwhina i tā mātou whai atu i te pae ora mō ngā hapori katoa o te motu. Expressions of interest open today for a new ... More >>

Free Rapid Antigen Tests Now Available For Home Testing

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 8:03 am | Ministry of Health

If you are symptomatic or a household contact, you can now order rapid antigen tests (RATs) through the newly launched RAT requester site . “It’s one of a range of ways we are make testing more readily available for those who need it,” says Jo ... More >>

Daily Youth Smoking Rates At All Time Low In Aotearoa

Monday, 28 February 2022, 10:25 am | Ministry of Health

The ASH Year 10 Snapshot Survey published today shows Aotearoa’s daily youth smoking rates continue to decline across all ethnicities, with overall rates falling to an all-time low from about 2% between 2015-19 to 1.3% in 2021. Daily smoking rates for ... More >>

Increased Rapid Antigen Test Use At Community Testing Centres

Wednesday, 23 February 2022, 1:03 pm | Ministry of Health

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be used as the primary test at Auckland community testing centres (CTCs) from today to help meet demand for testing as the Omicron outbreak grows. The move, which is part of the Ministry of Health’s planned testing ... More >>

Rapid Antigen Test Rollout Update

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 1:04 pm | Ministry of Health

More than 3 million Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) have been distributed across New Zealand for workers who keep New Zealand’s critical services and supply chains moving, and those in our community most at risk from the effects of COVID-19, Director-General ... More >>

New Zealanders Advised To Get Boosted And Keep Doing The Basics Well

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 10:54 am | Ministry of Health

The best thing New Zealanders can do as we move into Phase 2 of our response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is get boosted and give each other some space, said Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield. “What we have learned from the ... More >>

New Requirements For Arrivals From Tonga

Monday, 14 February 2022, 8:30 pm | Ministry of Health

Due to increasing COVID-19 cases, Tonga does not currently meet criteria to be eligible for quarantine-free travel (QFT) into Aotearoa New Zealand, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced today. “Following a public health risk assessment, ... More >>

Million Dollar Fund Launched To Help Nurses Return To Practice

Monday, 14 February 2022, 9:29 am | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has launched a $1 million fund to help former nurses return to the healthcare sector, to focus on growing the workforce as pressures from COVID-19 continue. A maximum of 200 nurses are eligible for this funding across both rounds ... More >>

Māori Now 90% Partially Vaccinated

Friday, 4 February 2022, 3:24 pm | Ministry of Health

The ninety percent first dose milestone was today achieved by Māori across Aotearoa says Patricia Joseph, Equity Group Manager at Ministry of Health’s Immunisation Programme. “Congratulations to all of our communities, health providers, partners ... More >>

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Provisional Approval

Friday, 4 February 2022, 11:25 am | Ministry of Health

New Zealand medicines regulator Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, Nuvaxovid, for adults 18 years and over. “The Medsafe team has worked tirelessly to ensure that COVID-19 vaccine applications are prioritised ... More >>

More Than 13,000 Boosters Given Yesterday; 91 Community Cases; 10 In Hospital

Monday, 31 January 2022, 1:43 pm | Ministry of Health

There were also 13,376 booster doses administered yesterday, taking the total to date to 1,300,364. Also, 4,208 paediatric doses were given yesterday, bringing the total to 163,491. With Omicron in New Zealand, the best thing you can do is get your ... More >>

More Than 1.2 Million Boosters Now Given; 105 Community Cases; 4 People In Hospital

Friday, 28 January 2022, 1:54 pm | Ministry of Health

The West Coast has become the 17th DHB to fully vaccinate more than 90% of its residents with two doses. Yesterday 13,112 paediatric doses were administered, bringing the total to 137,301. A further 23,000 doses are booked in and 29% of 5 to 11 year olds ... More >>

More Than 120,000 First Doses For 5-11s; 90% Of Canterbury Māori Fully Vaccinated; 45 Community Cases; 5 In Hospital

Thursday, 27 January 2022, 1:41 pm | Ministry of Health

Canterbury has become the third DHB to fully vaccinate more than 90% of eligible Māori. More than four million first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered to our 12+ population across Aotearoa – another very significant milestone. There ... More >>

Testing Improvements See New Zealand Well Prepared For Omicron

Tuesday, 25 January 2022, 7:31 pm | Ministry of Health

New Zealand’s PCR testing capacity can be increased by nearly 20,000 tests per day to deal with a surge in cases as part of our wider COVID-19 testing strategy, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We have continued to adapt ... More >>

Exposure Update: Border-related Omicron Case

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 6:10 am | Ministry of Health

19 January 2022 The Ministry of Health can tonight confirm the whole genome sequencing of the previously reported worker at Auckland Airport and the MIQ worker’s household contact, who both tested positive yesterday, is of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. ... More >>

Booster Rollout Accelerated To Protect Against COVID-19 Variants

Monday, 17 January 2022, 12:07 pm | Ministry of Health

Everyone aged 18 years and older who has received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine can now book their free booster dose using or by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline 0800 28 29 26 (8am - 8pm, seven days a week). If it’s been ... More >>

COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

Monday, 17 January 2022, 6:29 am | Ministry of Health

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January. The COVID-19 vaccine ... More >>

COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

Monday, 17 January 2022, 6:28 am | Ministry of Health

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January. The COVID-19 vaccine ... More >>

Boosters Key To Protecting New Zealanders From Omicron In 2022

Saturday, 1 January 2022, 2:03 pm | Ministry of Health

New Zealanders are urged to make getting their booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine a New Year’s resolution as Auckland’s biggest vaccination centre reopens. On 5 January 2022, the interval between the second dose and the booster reduces from ... More >>

First Community Exposures From Border-related Omicron Case

Wednesday, 29 December 2021, 6:26 pm | Ministry of Health

Whole genome sequencing has detected a border-related case of Omicron who had briefly been active in the community. The case is a recent international arrival who returned a positive result on day nine of their self-isolation period. They had previously More >>