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We are bringing vaccinations to you.

The COVID-19 Vaccine is available to all whānau, aged 5 and over.

Our mobile vaccination team is currently visiting locations throughout Mataatua including marae, workplaces, and other groups like sports clubs and community groups.

We are also available to bring vaccinations to your home.

It's especially important for Māori communities to choose to be vaccinated as many of our people are more vulnerable if they catch a virus.

For Testing Locations and Times click here.

Book today on:

Phone: 0800 628 228
Text: 021 0276 6126
Visit: 90 King Street
Email: mobile.health@tpoom.co.nz

Mobile COVID-19 Locations this week:

Times and dates may be subject to change with our community's needs. Please check this page regularly for the latest times and dates, or call 0800 628 228.

Monday August 8:

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Tuesday August 9:

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Wednesday August 10:

Wally Sutherland 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Thursday August 11:

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Friday August 12:

Tūwharetoa Ki Kawerau: 10am – 3pm

60 Onslow Street, Kawerau 3127

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Saturday August 13:

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Sunday August 14:


Monday August 15:

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Tuesday August 16:

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Wednesday August 17:

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Thursday August 18:

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Friday August 19:

Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau: 10am-3pm

60 Onslow Street Kawerau 3127

Wally Sutherland: 10am-3pm

266 The Strand, Whakatāne

Saturday August 20:

Waiariki Mentoring Whānau Hauora Day: 10am-3pm

Awatapu Drive

Sunday August 21:


We can deliver COVID-19, MMR and Flu Vaccines to your community

Contact us now to register your interest in getting your immunisations up to date.

We can offer your community vaccinations for:

COVID-19: For whānau aged 5 and over. We have a FAQ document for any questions you have, or give us a call.
MMR: Measles, Mumps and Rubella - many adults aren't fully vaccinated for these.
Flu:  Avoid that nasty winter flu and keep kaumātua safe from nasty bugs.

Why it's so important for Māori to get vaccinated

We know that our community is especially vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. Half of the people who have been admitted to intensive care for COVID-19 in New Zealand have been Māori.

Infectious diseases such as gonorrhoea, syphilis, measles, influenza, typhoid, dysentery and tuberculosis have historically decimated Māori populations. The 1918 Spanish flu mortality rates for Māori were over 7.3 times higher than for Pākehā - with many in our community telling stories of the mass graves and trauma. Swine flu mortality rates for Māori were 2.6 times more than Pākehā, and the outcomes for other diseases are similarly disproportionate.
To protect our whānau, our hapū, our iwi, it is vital that we get priority access to vaccines that protect our people from another tragedy. Te Puna Ora o Mataatua will be travelling across the rural Eastern Bay to make sure this is accessible.

Sources: Lange, Buck, Hanham, Wilson et al, Neumann et al (2009), MOH 2021

What is the COVID-19 vaccine?

There are four vaccines available, however we currently have the Pfizer vaccine. You need two doses for this vaccine to reach maximum efficiency.

How does the Pfizer vaccine work?

The vaccine triggers your immune system to create antibodies that can fight the COVID-19 virus in case you’re exposed. You can’t get the virus from the vaccine. You need two doses, at least 21 days apart, injected into your upper arm. Once you’ve had two doses, the vaccine is 95% effective from 1 week after your 2nd dose.

See below or find out more about how this vaccine works here (thanks to Siouxsie Wiles and @xtotl). There's also a great video here by ASAP Science.

How does the vaccine get approved?

In addition to rigorous testing before launch, and passing each country’s individual assessment, all vaccines coming into NZ have to be approved by NZ’s
Medsafe authority. The COVID-19 vaccine also has to get passed through the COVID-19 Vaccine advisory group. Rigorous testing and millions of immunisations worldwide have shown the vaccine’s safety.

How was the vaccine developed so quickly?

We have never before had so much collaboration across the world, or resources and funding been put into the development and testing of a vaccine. There have been no shortcuts. Because the studies are short term, under 16s and other groups may not be offered the vaccine.

What are the risks and side effects of the vaccine?

Approximately one in 200,000 people have had an allergic reaction to the vaccine - this can be easily managed and staff on hand will be prepared to treat this immediately. Flu-like symptoms after receiving the virus are normal. Find out more here.

What are the risks of COVID-19?

The risk of death from Covid is the biggest and most devastating outcome. However, there are a lot of other effects that you may not be aware of. Ten to fifteen percent of cases progress to severe disease, 5% become critically ill, and many have “long covid” with complications for weeks, months or longer. Even in healthy 18-34 year olds, 1 in 5 people experienced prolonged symptoms.

Body systems and organs that can be affected:

Heart: Damage to heart muscle, heart failure
: Damage to lung tissue and restrictive lung failure
Brain and the nervous system:
Pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke; Cognitive impairment
Mental health:
Anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and sleep disturbance

Musculoskeletal and others: Pain in joints and muscles, Fatigue

Source: World Health Organisation

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