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We are proud to be a part of the COVID-19 and MMR vaccination programmes for Mataatua. Vaccinations for Level 2Bs are available now.

The COVID-19 Vaccine is available to Level 2Bs right now and to general public from June/July. Vaccines are voluntary, and we are going to rely on all of Mataatua to step up and keep our rohe safe.

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

Click here for Pfizer Vaccine FAQ's
Click here for TPOOM Support worker vaccination information

The COVID-19 Vaccination Stages

Vaccinations will be provided in 3 main phases with priorities set within each phase. These are not mandatory.

This plan has been set by the government to try and maximise our safety while the vaccines are rolled out, starting at the border.

If you meet the criteria for phase 2, contact us to discuss how you can get your vaccine.

Phase 1 – Port & Border Workers
March – April

Providing vaccines for those at the border who risk bringing COVID-19 into the community:
1a) Border workers (including the port)
1b) Border workers families

Phase 2 – Front Line workers
April - June

LEVEL 2B AVAILABLE NOW

Front line health workers and those who work with vulnerable people:
2a) Front line medical services (doctors, nurses, pharmacies, emergency & front line healthcare providers)
2b) All other primary care including home care & residential support workers, mental health services, community health services etc. Those living in residential care or receiving in home care, and kaumatua.
2c) Whānau who live with groups A & B

If you fit level 2B criteria, you can contact us to on 0800 MATAATUA (option 9, option 1) or text us on 021 0276 6126 or email covid-19@tpoom.co.nz to book.

Phase 3 - Community
June - July

3a) Vulnerable people
3b) Older Population
3c) General population

We are preparing to deliver the flu, MMR & COVID-19 Vaccines to your Community

We are offering MMR, Flu & COVID-19 vaccinations to Level 2Bs now, and and to then the public as it's rolled out. We will be visiting locations throughout Mataatua and can also visit workplaces and other groups including marae. Contact us now to register your interest in getting your immunisations up to date.

We can offer your community vaccinations for:

Flu:  Avoid that nasty winter flu and keep kaumātua safe from nasty bugs.
MMR: Measles, Mumps and Rubella - many adults aren't fully vaccinated for these.
COVID-19 dose 1: From May for Level 2B's, likely June for general public.
Covid-19 dose 2: Four weeks after dose 1.

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.

Is the vaccination compulsory?

No, the vaccine is not compulsory. We encourage you to accept the vacination to protect yourself, your whānau and your rohe. COVID-19 carries a lot of risks for our community.

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
Lungs
: 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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