Tairāwhiti reaches 86 percent fully vaccinated on New Year’s Eve

People in Tairāwhiti can enjoy New Year’s Eve knowing the region is better protected against COVID-19 with 86 percent of the eligible population now fully vaccinated.

Medical Officer of Health Anura Jayasinghe says today the DHB’s enrolled population figures clocked over to 86 percent fully vaccinated this morning, just ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“We are so close to 90 percent fully vaccinated now and that’s what going to help keep us safe. We can be proud of what we have achieved so far as it was team effort by so many – but the mahi doesn’t stop yet.”

We’re working hard to hit 90 percent for everyone, and it would be an enormous achievement if this could also be 90 percent fully vaccinated for Māori. Currently 80 percent of eligible Māori are fully vaccinated.

The Community Vaccination Centre, 295 Palmerston Rd is open for vaccinations again this holiday period Saturday 1 January to Tuesday 4 January 2022, 9am-12 noon, then Wednesday 5 January to Sunday 9 January 2022, 10am-4pm.

Dr Jayasinghe says in Tairāwhiti, people aged 18 and over will be able to get a booster four months after their second dose from early 2022.

Meanwhile, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 including cold or flu symptoms, sore throat, cough, or gastro symptoms like diarrhoea, please get tested for COVID-19.

“With COVID-19 still in Tairāwhiti it’s important to get tested and there are plenty of ways to do that over the new year.”

People can find all the details for testing at https://www.hauoratairawhiti.org.nz/your-health/covid-2/getting-tested-for-covid-19/

On Tuesday 29 December 78 people were tested at the Peel St drive through testing station. On 30 December 49 people were tested, and today [31 December] it was 32.

As of today, there are no new cases of COVID-19 cases in Tairāwhiti to report. Three people with COVID-19 remain in supported isolation quarantine.

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