COVID-19 remains a serious threat to our health and wellbeing. While we’ve changed our lives and tikanga to protect ourselves from COVID-19, there is still more we can do to keep ourselves safe.
Everyone aged 12 and over can get the COVID-19 vaccine now. The vaccine is especially important to safeguard our kuia and kaumātua, hapū Māmā and others who are more likely to get seriously ill if they catch COVID-19. It will also help protect our tamariki.
Seek out trusted sources of information and have a kōrero with your whānau, hapū, iwi and community about why the vaccine, and other measures such as face coverings, will help protect us all against COVID-19. Be a doer! Karawhiua.
Once vaccinated, it is still important to keep up these practices:
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Use the NZ COVID tracer app (including turning on Bluetooth)
- Wear a face covering on public transport and when you can't maintain physical distance from others, like in crowded spaces. Additional practices are required under Alert Levels 2-4. Find more information here.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
- Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms