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Remain vigilant


Wairoa’s COVID-19 cases have plateaued after an end of March peak of around 600 residents being affected by the virus.

Wairoa had around 144 reported active cases as at yesterday (Monday 11.04.22), with just 10 of them new cases.

However, a single event could see a further rise in case numbers and people are reminded to stay vigilant.

Local health professionals are urging everybody who is eligible to get their booster vaccinations and also for tamariki aged 5-11 to get vaccinated. If you are aged 16 or 17 you can now also get a COVID-19 booster six months after your second vaccination.

Wairoa’s tamariki 5-11 years vaccination rate is well behind the Hawke’s Bay average and both Queen St Practice and Kahungunu Executive are urging parents, grandparents and carers to give them a call and book an appointment to have their children vaccinated.

Queen St Practice has seen cases where people have become really sick from COVID-19, including children, with the best way to protect yourself from the virus and minimise the symptoms being through double vaccination and a booster vaccination.

There is also nationwide concern that with New Zealand’s borders now open people travelling into the country will bring a fresh range of illnesses with them, particularly the flu, with New Zealand effectively experiencing no flu season over the past two years while the borders were closed.

Everyone is encouraged to have a flu vaccination this year. The Queen St Practice is providing free flu vaccinations. Please phone the Practice on 06 838 8333 to make your flu vaccination appointment. A drive through flu vaccine clinic will be held at the Queen Street Practice on Wednesday, April 13, from 10am.

If you have symptoms and think you might have COVID-19, please isolate and order a RAT test by heading to or phoning 0800 222478. If you test positive please ring Queen St Practice so your health needs can be monitored.

RAT tests can be collected from the Queen St Practice and Wairoa Pharmacy and Kahungunu Executive is also providing supervised RAT testing by appointment.

Please remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing and if you are sick stay home.

To book your vaccination appointments phone the Queen St Practice on 06 838 8333 or Kahungunu Executive on 0800 621 700.

Kia Ū tonu Wairoa – Remain Resilient Wairoa.

12 April 2022

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