Disabled Māori Undecided About The Covid-19 Vaccination

Friday, 3 December 2021, 9:23 amPress Release: Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust Get Vaccinated! That’s the message from the team of staff and clients at Te Roopu Taurima, a kaupapa Māori disability support service provider. The vaccine is safe. Vaccinated people are less likely to infect others or end up in hospital or die … Read more

Cancer Society Hopes Final Pharmac Report Is Stronger

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 6:42 pmPress Release: Cancer Society Today the delayed Interim Report was released by the Pharmac Review Panel. The performance of Pharmac and access to cancer drugs is a major concern for the Cancer Society. Lucy Elwood, CEO of the Cancer Society of New Zealand says: “Every day we see the stress … Read more

Three COVID-19 Cases In Taranaki Confirmed

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 6:06 pmPress Release: Ministry of Health Three positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Taranaki today. The three cases, all part of the same New Plymouth household, all have a known link to an existing case in Rotorua. The Ministry is providing an out of sequence update to encourage testing and … Read more

Interim Solution For People Waiting For Their My Vaccine Pass

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 5:44 pmPress Release: Ministry of Health The Ministry of Health will today email a temporary exemption from the requirement to produce a My Vaccine Pass to a small group of people waiting for the individual assistance needed to obtain their pass. The temporary exemption is a record of the individual’s request … Read more

COVID-19: WHO’s Tedros Criticizes ‘Blunt’ Omicron Measures

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 8:26 pmPress Release: UN News The head of the UN health agency has criticized “blunt” and “blanket” measures taken by countries in the past few days to stop the spread of the Omicron variant. In a statement on Tuesday, the World Health Organization Director-General said that it was “deeply concerning” that … Read more

Will Current Vaccines Work Against Omicron? – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 6:08 pmPress Release: Science Media Centre Current vaccines may not work as well against the Omicron variant than for earlier strains of the coronavirus, according to recent comments made by Moderna’s chief executive. The Financial Times reported on comments made by Stéphane Bancel questioning the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against the … Read more

Covid-19 Vaccine For Kids Expected Early Next Year – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 5:52 pmPress Release: Science Media Centre The Government anticipates rolling out the paediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of January 2022, pending Medsafe approval. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said this afternoon that officials were “well advanced” in planning to extend the vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds. Medicines … Read more

New Zealand Health Survey Results Published

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 4:33 pmPress Release: Ministry of Health Results from the New Zealand Health Survey 2020/21 have been published today. The annual New Zealand Health Survey results provide valuable information about the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, says Deputy Director of Public Health, Niki Stefanogiannis. “The survey is a key data source … Read more

Huakina Ready And Waiting For Whānau Ora Support Teams

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 7:23 amPress Release: Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency Huakina Development Trust Tumuaki Maria Clarke can’t wait for the arrival of the Whānau Ora Vaccination Battalion support crew to Pukekohe. The mobile teams from west Auckland have been supporting vaccinations in Manurewa and Papakura, and are heading further south to Pukekohe today. “We … Read more

Commissioning And Contracting: Indicative Language For New Zealand’s Public Health System

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 6:23 pmOpinion: Ian Powell Recently I received a revealing email from an experienced hospital specialist who had been at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) annual conference (virtual). The member expressed pleasure that Minister of Health Andrew Little did not give a conference address “…as I find he just puts … Read more