Lockdown protocols see vaccine cards ditched
People getting their Covid-19 vaccination shot in Tauranga may be wondering why they are not being issued their purple card.
Prior to Alert Level 4 lockdown, people who received their shot were also issued with a purple vaccination card to showing the details of when and where they received the vaccination.
However, due to Level 4, and now Level 3, protocols, there has been a change in how the Bay of Plenty District Health Board has being doing things.
SunLive contacted the DHB after a member of the public called us wondering why the BOPDHB wasn’t issuing the cards anymore.
Covid-19 incident controller Trevor Richardson says they have implemented a range of measures at their community vaccination centres during Covid-19 Alert Level 4 to ensure they can safely continue rolling out the vaccine to the community.
“The BOPDHB adheres to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines regarding Covid-19 Alert Level 4, which include strict hygiene and physical distancing measures, and infection prevention and control principles.
“To minimise contact between clients and our staff during the vaccination process at Covid-19 Alert Level 4, we have not been issuing clients with the Covid-19 vaccine record card because the card requires staff to individually fill in the details by hand and pass the card to the client.
“The vaccination data is always digitally recorded on the national Covid Immunisation Register, where general practices and primary healthcare providers can access this information through the Ministry of Health.”
Trevor says the minimum printed information required to ensure a safe vaccination process is supplied to clients at all Alert Levels.