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DHB‘s vaccination advice and testing plans

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People with a pre-booked Covid-19 vaccination for today onward should turn up as previously planned, unless they have been asked to reschedule.

This is the advice from the Bay of Plenty District Health Board as the country's vaccination programme looks to start-up again today.

Covid-19 vaccinations were initially paused nationwide after the recent outbreak in the community but are restarting from 8am.

Bay of Plenty District Health Board Covid-19 Incident Controller Trevor Richardson says that pre-arranged vaccinations will now go ahead, although Level 4 restrictions will be in place. 

“The Bay of Plenty DHB is working closely with the Ministry of Health and providers to continue to safely offer the Covid-19 vaccine to our community during Alert Level 4,” says Trevor. 

“If you have a Covid-19 vaccination appointment and have not been asked to reschedule, please turn up as planned. 

“All of the Bay of Plenty DHB’s community vaccination centres will adhere to the government’s Alert Level 4 guidelines.”

He explains that those attending vaccinations will need to wear a mask, scan or sign in on arrival, and practice physical distancing by staying two metres away from people outside of your bubble. 

“Please only bring a support person if required,” he states. 

Currently, Covid-19 vaccinations are only available in the Bay of Plenty by appointment method. Vaccinations can be booked through www.bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26.

“This approach is important, particularly because of the current Alert Level 4,” says Trevor. 

Trevor also wants to assure the public that there is currently enough testing capacity in place to meet extra demand. 

Additional testing resources have just been made available at the Second Avenue Health Centre in Tauranga. 

“Plans are in place to ‘stand up’ additional capacity if we need to meet a significant increase in testing demand,” he says.

Trevor states that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should still call their GP or primary healthcare provider for advice.

Those who are symptomatic and have visited a location of interest should contact Healthline. 

“We encourage Bay of Plenty residents to check bopdhb.health.nz for updates on health services in the district,” says Trevor.

“Also, we want to ensure the public that General Practices are still open. If they need to see a doctor, please call your local GP team for advice on whether your consultation can be done over the phone, by video or in person. 

“Access to healthcare is still available, but some clinics will be operating without face-to-face consultations.”

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