Government looking into Covid booster jab need

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Covid-19 booster vaccines could be on the cards for New Zealanders.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says officials are looking at the need for booster shots.

He says the Ministry of Health is talking to Pfizer about whether a booster is needed for possible waning immunity over time, but there is no suggestion that is happening.

Speaking at a GPs conference in Wellington, Dr Bloomfield says we need to make sure we are in the market for an annual shot - similar to influenza vaccines - to target new strains of the virus.

He also confirms health officials are looking at the science of extending the wait between jabs from three weeks for a stronger response.

Health Minister Andrew Little says there are signs overseas that a booster may be needed due to the Delta variant, and New Zealand must be ready.

He says the government will still support Pacific Island countries in the vaccination campaigns, while balancing the ethical decision of pursuing booster shots for New Zealanders.

But National's Covid-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop has described the government as irresponsible for failing to order extra Covid-19 vaccines to use as booster shots for the next few years.

He says the rest of the world is putting in orders for vaccines, while New Zealand is lagging behind.

Bishop says he cannot understand the government's lack of urgency.


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Why? Because 'good healthy living' won't protect anyone from Covid 19

Posted on 07-08-2021 14:00 | By

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease. Seasonal flu spreads globally like the coronavirus, however the mortality rate for the flu is much lower & more people have immunity. Both are contagious respiratory illnesses, caused by different viruses. The flu is caused by infection with an influenza virus, while COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 is more infectious & often causes more serious illnesses including respiratory illness with fever, cough, & difficulty breathing & can cause pneumonia & severe acute respiratory syndrome. People with chronic health conditions and the elderly are more likely to have a life-threatening case of the disease. COVID-19 pandemic has sickened more than 176 million people globally & claimed the lives of more than 3.8 million people worldwide.


Posted on 07-08-2021 08:11 | By Local Too

Why aren’t they encouraging good healthy living instead of pushing an experimental vaccine? They experiment on rats and I’m not one.