COVID-19 UPDATES

Walk-in COVID Vaccination Clinics

Walk-in COVID Vaccination Clinics

Quay St Whakatāne and Firmin Lodge Kawerau are accepting walk-in patients. As of September 15th there is no need to book and wait, walk into the vaccination clinic and receive your free COVID vaccination today. Vaccinating by age band no longer applies. Anyone aged 12...

Pharmacies deliver COVID vaccine

Pharmacies deliver COVID vaccine

Edgecumbe Pharmacy has been offering free COVID vaccinations for three weeks and Unichem Total Health since August 26th. "The uptake of the vaccination at Unichem Total Health Pharmacy on The Strand has been fabulous, said pharmacist Becky Li. "Especially because we...

Ōhope open drive-through vaccination centre

Ōhope open drive-through vaccination centre

Ōhope Beach Medical Centre opened its drive-through vaccination centre on Thursday last week. It is the second Eastern Bay medical practice to do so after Whakatōhea Medical Centre began offering a drive-through vaccination services while in Alert level 4 lockdown....

Child immunisations go mobile during lockdown

Child immunisations go mobile during lockdown

Childhood immunisations remain a priority during all COVID-19 Alert Levels and the Eastern Bay of Plenty Public Health Alliance (EBPHA) Outreach Immunisation Service (OIS) team are doing their best to ensure tamariki and pēpi don’t miss out.   Many GPs have...

Mentemia resources to support whānau in Level 4 Lockdown

Mentemia resources to support whānau in Level 4 Lockdown

Mentemia have produced a range of valuable resources to help people manage their anxiety and focus on their mental health during lockdown.   Thanks to Co-founder John Kirwan, all the Mentemia resources are free and available online or click on the below links:...

How to keep somewhat motivated and productive during Lockdown 2.0

How to keep somewhat motivated and productive during Lockdown 2.0

It’s definitely a struggle during lockdown and staying motivated to complete tasks if working from home is difficult but hopefully you can try a few of these tips to increase motivation and productivity during your day. Make a daily routine – whether you are by...

Ōpōtiki opens first BOP drive-thru vaccination clinic

Ōpōtiki opens first BOP drive-thru vaccination clinic

The Ōpōtiki (GP Led) Vaccination Centre opened Bay of Plenty’s first drive-thru vaccination centre at the Medical Hub today, Friday 20th August.   Under alert level 4 vaccination centers around the country are trying to manage the extra restrictions and social...

COVID-19 Test Criteria

COVID-19 Test Criteria

MOH guidelines for testing People should be tested who have symptoms that meet the clinical criteria for COVID-19 (detailed below). Where people meet the clinical criteria for COVID-19 and also meet the HIS criteria, extra steps (self-isolation and notification) are...

New Zealand is now at Alert Level 4

New Zealand is now at Alert Level 4

Recap of current announcements New Zealand has one case of community transmitted COVID-19 in Auckland - this case has been treated as the Delta variant. As this is a more highly transmissible delta variant, a more stringent approach has been taken.   The whole of...

EBPHA Clinical Director Awarded Community Service Medal

EBPHA Clinical Director Awarded Community Service Medal

Dr Rachel Shouler has been awarded a Community Service Medal by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Dr Shouler is a GP at Tarawera Medical Centre and works as a GP liaison for Bay of Plenty District Health Board and is the Clinical Director at...

Alert level change for Wellington

Alert level change for Wellington

Recap of current announcements An Australian traveller from Sydney who visited Wellington from Saturday, 19 June to Monday, 21 June has tested positive upon his return to Australia Wellington will move to Alert Level 2 at 6pm on Wednesday, 23 June until 11.59pm on...

Advice on COVID-19 in Australia

Advice on COVID-19 in Australia

NSW exposure sitesNSW Health has issued a public health alert after an individual who had visited a number of locations in southern NSW later returned a positive COVID-19 test on return to Melbourne. Anyone who was at a location of interest and is now in New Zealand...

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

Everyone in New Zealand, no matter citizenship or visa status, will be offered the vaccine. There will be enough vaccine for the entire population to be vaccinated and no one will miss out. The vaccine is free.   Health and safety of COVID-19 vaccine Medsafe only...

Eastern Bay COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Eastern Bay COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

For our Māori and Pasifika Kaumātua and whānau most at risk, call NOW to book in for your COVID vaccination.   Whakatāne Call 0800 829 001 Kawerau Call 0800 829 001 Ōpōtiki Call your doctor in Ōpōtiki   If you are in Group 3 (people who are at risk of...

Whakatāne COVID-19 Testing Centre

Whakatāne COVID-19 Testing Centre

As we head into winter it’s important that anyone with cold or flu symptoms should stay at home and get a COVID-19 test. You should continue to stay at home until you have received a negative test result.   Free testing is available at the Whakatāne Community...