Kowheori-19 – Kia haumaru!
Whānau we can all feel incredibly proud of the mahi we have all done to keep our whānau safe from Kowheori-19, but it is still present here in Aotearoa and in our rohe Tauranga Moana. Staying up to date with immunisations including Covid-19 vaccinations, is a powerful tool in keeping everyone safe in our hapori.
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Protect yourself, your whānau and your community.
The COVID-19 vaccination is free for everyone in Aotearoa.
While a 2-dose course provides some protection against severe disease from the Omicron variant, a booster is likely offer greater protection by reducing the chance of more serious infection and the risk of transmitting it to others.
We are encouraging everyone who is eligible to get a free booster now. Speeding up the booster rollout is one of several ways we are protecting Aotearoa New Zealand from the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Current evidence shows your protection against infection after the primary vaccination course decreases over time. Getting a top up vaccine after a primary course helps boost your immunity against COVID-19.
COVID-19 generally has mild effects in tamariki and is rarely severe or fatal. Tamariki and rangatahi who have COVID-19 will commonly have no symptoms or only mild respiratory symptoms, similar to a cold. However, some can become very sick and need to go to hospital.
Like adults, if your tamariki are infected with COVID-19, they may transmit the virus to other people. Immunising tamariki and rangatahi helps protect whānau members whose health makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.