COVID-19 has changed our lives and tikanga

COVID-19 remains a serious threat to our health and wellbeing. It is especially important to safeguard our  kaumātua, hapū Māmā and others who are more likely to get seriously ill if they catch COVID-19.  

When everyone who can get vaccinated does get vaccinated, we'll be able to reconnect more with the people we love and we'll have more freedom to do the things we love like travel and attend large hui without restrictions.

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 masks and preparing a whānau plan,  will help protect us all against COVID-19. 

Whānau Planning: Preparing to self-isolate

With Omicron cases now throughout the motu, we all need to be prepared to self-isolate if we get COVID-19 in our whare.  Getting prepared and sharing your plans with whānau and friends will make it easier if your whānau does have to suddenly isolate – and help us understand how we can help each other out.  If you or someone in your whare tests positive for COVID-19, you must all isolate for seven days. This means you shouldn’t leave home to go to the supermarket, or to pick up essential supplies, like medication. Having a plan for someone outside your whare to collect items for you, or to get supplies delivered, will help.

Kia rite:

  • Make a plan with your whānau in case you need to isolate.
  • Set up a support network.
  • Make sure you have basic medical supplies like pain relief, a thermometer and your regular medications to help manage your symptoms.
  • Plan for who can safely deliver essential supplies — like kai and groceries, if you have to isolate. 

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Getting COVID-19

Most people who get COVID-19 will have a mild to moderate illness and recover in their own home. Help is available for whānau who need extra support. This includes money to pay for urgent and essential costs like food, medicine and some bills - and getting supplies delivered to you. 

For COVID-19 health advice call 0800 358 5453 anytime – or if an emergency, call 111.

For information about what happens if you or your whānau get COVID-19, self-isolation or how to access extra support:

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Immunisation for tamariki aged 5-11

Tamariki aged 5-11 are now able to get a children's version of the Pzifer vaccine. It is a lower dose and a smaller volume than the Pzifer vaccine given to adults. 

Tamariki need two doses of the vaccine to be fully protected, and it's recommended that they are at least eight weeks apart. 

Immunisations are an important tool in keeping our tamariki safe. It protects us from many serious diseases and stops disease spreading. In Aotearoa, children can get immunised against 12 diseases, including whooping cough, measles and polio.

While COVID-19 generally has milder effects in tamariki, with symptoms being similar to a cold, some become severely ill and require hospitalisation. Like adults, if your tamariki are infected with COVID-19  they may give  it to other people. Immunising 5 to 11-year-old tamariki helps protect whānau members whose health may make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, or tamariki under five who cannot get vaccinated yet.

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Booster shots for ongoing protection

All whānau members aged 16 and over who have been fully vaccinated for at least three months are encouraged to get a free booster.

Current evidence shows your protection against infection after two doses slowly decreases over time. A booster dose will give you greater immunity against COVID-19, including Omicron. A booster also helps reduce the chance of more serious infection, and you will be less likely to need hospitalisation. Find out more here

Other ways to stay safe against COVID-19

 Once vaccinated, it is still important to keep up these practices:
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Wear a face mask when you are indoors, except at home or in work environments that don’t interact with the public. Read more about wearing a face mask on the Unite Against COVID-19 website. 

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