Still ‘Not Clear’ Whether Omicron COVID Variant Is More Transmissible Or More Severe Than Delta: WHO

Monday, 29 November 2021, 8:24 amPress Release: UN News The World Health Organization published on Sunday an update on the science regarding the new coronavirus variant Omicron which is causing global concern and sparking increasing flight bans on Southern African countries. The experts of the UN health agency said researchers in South Africa and around … Read more

COVID-19 Case Confirmed In Hawke’s Bay

Sunday, 28 November 2021, 2:08 pmPress Release: Ministry of Health The Ministry has been notified of a community case in Hawke’s Bay. Hawke’s Bay DHB confirmed the case late last night and informed the person of their test result. This person tested positive for COVID-19 as part of routine surveillance swabbing for COVID-19 when they … Read more

More Than 20,000 Vaccine Doses Administered Yesterday; 144 Cases; 1 Death; 82 People In Hospital – 9 People In ICU

Sunday, 28 November 2021, 2:05 pmPress Release: Ministry of Health More than 20,000 vaccine doses administered yesterday; 144 cases; 1 death; 82 people in hospital – 9 people in ICU 28 November 2021  There were 20,873 first and second vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up 6,378 first doses and 14,495 second doses. To date, 92% … Read more

Booster Vaccinations Start | Scoop News

Sunday, 28 November 2021, 2:00 pmPress Release: Ministry of Health Booster vaccinations will be available throughout Aotearoa from Monday. While the priority is still getting people fully vaccinated, healthcare, border workers and kaumātua who have been fully vaccinated for six months or more can now get their boosters, Director General Ashley Bloomfield said today. “Vaccination … Read more

Nine Countries Designated Very High Risk

Sunday, 28 November 2021, 6:06 amPress Release: Minister For COVID-19 Response 27 November 2021 Nine southern African countries are being added to the very high risk countries list following public health advice around the newly discovered COVID-19 variant Omicron, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. This afternoon, a public health risk assessment was carried out … Read more

COVID-19 Testing Stood Up In Kawerau

Saturday, 27 November 2021, 5:44 pmPress Release: Toi Te Ora Public Health Kawerau District Council confirms that a Kawerau resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first case in the current outbreak from Kawerau. The individual concerned was already known to be a close contact of a previously confirmed case, and has been … Read more

Almost 18,000 Vaccine Doses Administered Yesterday; 145 Cases; 1 Death; 77 People In Hospital – 8 People In ICU

Saturday, 27 November 2021, 1:54 pmPress Release: Ministry of Health There were 17,899 first and second vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up of 5,679 first doses and 12,222 second doses. To date, 92% of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 85% are fully vaccinated. Today our Pacific communities have reached … Read more

Latest Update On COVID-19 | Scoop News

Friday, 26 November 2021, 3:10 pmPress Release: Waikato District Health Board There were 15 cases confirmed in the Waikato overnight, with six in Huntly, three in Hamilton, four in Te Kūiti, and two in Ngāruawāhia. All cases have been linked to previous cases. This brings the total number of cases during this Waikato outbreak to … Read more

Last Weekend To Get Fully Vaccinated In Time For Christmas

Friday, 26 November 2021, 2:19 pmPress Release: Northern Region Health Coordination Centre Pop along to more than 20 festive events happening across the city With just 29 days to go, this is the last weekend for people to ensure they can be fully vaccinated for Christmas, so Tāmaki Makaurau is once again turning it on … Read more

Dr Jane Thomas Confirmed As Pharmac’s First Female, Māori Chair Of Expert Advisory Committee

Friday, 26 November 2021, 12:49 pmPress Release: PHARMAC Pharmac’s Chief Executive Sarah Fitt has announced today the appointment of Dr Jane Thomas as Pharmac’s new Chair of the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC). Dr Jane Thomas Jane (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) is the first female and first Māori chair of PTAC, as well as … Read more