WELCOME TO THE WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY PRIMARY HEALTH ORGANISATION

URU MAI KI TE KOKORU URU O TE NUI PHO

The Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation supports healthy lifestyles and quality health care services in our local communities. We provide funding to 31 general practices in the Bay of Plenty.

Coronavirus Alert

COVID-19 PROTECTION FRAMEWORK  

New Zealand is in the COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic lights. This new approach to COVID-19 will introduce more freedoms  for vaccinated New Zealanders. The Western Bay of Plenty is at Orange.

At the Orange setting, there is community transmission of COVID-19, with increasing risks to vulnerable communities, and pressure on the health system.

At Orange, people can continue to do everyday activities. There are restrictions to limit the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable people. You will be legally required to provide your My Vaccine Pass to enter places that have vaccination requirements in place under the traffic light system. This may include hospitality venues, events, gatherings and gyms.

You cannot be asked to provide your My Vaccine Pass to access basic needs services, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, public transport and health care.

For a more detailed explanation of what the traffic light system means visit Unite Against COVID-19. 

If you develop symptoms of a cough, high temperature (at least 38˚C), shortness of breath, a sore throat, sneezing and runny nose, or temporary loss of smell you should either phone your GP or Healthline 0800 358 5453 to be assessed for COVID-19.

Washing your hands continues to be one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe. Wash often. Use soap. 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow. This will keep the virus off your hands so you won’t spread it to other people and make them sick too.

Clean surfaces. It’s still important that we stay vigilant with cleaning.

Staying at home if you are sick is still the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19.

Keep track of where you’ve been. Fast and effective contact tracing is one way we can all work together to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Find out more about the NZ COVID Tracer App here.

COVID-19 TESTING

Access to testing can be found here.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

The vaccine is available to everyone in New Zealand aged five and over.

Remember:

  • Vaccinations are completely free and are one of the most powerful tools against COVID-19, including both the Delta and Omicron variants of the virus.
  • We all have a part to play in protecting all New Zealanders and giving us more options in the future.
  • Reserve your spot today at www.bookmyvaccine.nz and if you have questions or need help booking, call the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline 0800 28 29 26.

Background

Since February 2020, New Zealand has had 15,170 cases and 52 coronavirus-related deaths.

Coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of viruses that include the common cold. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and since then has infected 330,183,894 people worldwide and killed 5,544,443 (as at 17 January 2022). It is active in at least 192 countries and the World Health Organisation has declared it a global pandemic. The number of vaccine doses administered so far worldwide is 9.6 billion.

For more information about COVID-19 visit the following health sites:

BOP Health COVID-19 Response

Unite against COVID-19

Ministry of Health

World Health Organization

Measles Vaccine Update

There have been no confirmed cases of measles in the Bay of Plenty since 1 January 2020, however gaps still remain in our communities’ protection against measles.

MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunisation is available from your family doctor or practice nurse if you or your child need to be immunised – it’s never too late to catch up.

Alternatively, there are a number of pharmacies throughout the Bay of Plenty offering free MMR immunisation for people aged 16 to 49. For a detailed list visit the Bay of Plenty District Health Board measles resource page.

The Government has announced a new immunisation programme that will see 15 to 29-year-olds (a group with low immunisation rates) receive a free MMR vaccine via places such as schools and marae. More than 350,000 additional MMR vaccines are earmarked for the campaign.

For more information about measles visit the Ministry of Health website.

IT IS IMPORTANT IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MEASLES SYMPTOMS THAT YOU CALL YOUR GP RATHER THAN ATTEND IN PERSON.

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