Covid-19 vaccine: 12-15-year-olds now eligible for vaccination in NZ | Stuff.co.nz

Covid-19 vaccine: 12-15-year-olds now eligible for vaccination in NZ | Stuff.co.nz

as we talked about yesterday we do want to ensure we don’t waste any time in vaccinating kiwis i want to start by thanking new zealanders for continuing to take up the invitation to book their vaccinations and remind everyone over the age of 40 that you don’t actually need to wait for an invitation you can go to the website or ring the o800 number now to book yourself in yesterday was a record day for book my vaccine dot nz with a hundred and ninety five thousand five hundred and thirty seven bookings made in a single day which is fantastic during yesterday’s stand-up the 1pm update more than 7500 people per minute were using the site and it performed exceptionally well as signaled yesterday a phased approach to reopening vaccination sites with the level 4 protocols in place has now begun this enables everyone to stay safe while we vaccinate so please if you have a booking and you have not had any other communication from your provider please still go because we’re expecting you primary care facilities have also resumed carrying out covert 19 vaccinations today and with some less urgent appointments being cancelled as a result of level four many now have extra capacity our plan is to use that extra capacity to continue with those who are already booked in but to also bring through essential workers our plans to vaccinate these workers starts with those who are customer-facing who interact with the public as part of their essential work for example supermarket workers who may not have been eligible because of their age bans today we’re working with employers of these essential workforces to identify the individuals and workers you can expect to hear from your employer with extra details we’re also working with the covert vaccination health line on a process for smaller businesses and people who are self-employed to enable them to book if they too fit that criteria on that note i also want to assure new zealanders that our vaccine supply chain continues to operate well with the deliveries continuing to go out daily but again please do book it just means that we can ensure good physical distancing when you attend your vaccination appointment as you know it’s imperative that we get as many people as possible vaccinated when we make a decision on who is eligible though our number one priority is the medical advice of our experts you’ll remember that in june our regulator medsafe granted provisional approval for the fisa vaccine to be given to 12 to 15 year olds in new zealand similar decisions have been made by other regulators in europe the us canada and japan the advice was then considered by an additional group of experts who also supported an extension of eligibility to young people on that basis cabinet has agreed to make the fisa vaccine available for 12 to 15 year olds this is not a decision we have taken lightly many of us appearance ourselves and take this duty of making decisions about other people’s children extremely seriously but it is safe and it’s the right thing to do so 12 to 15 year olds can become eligible and book along with everyone else that we are opening up to from the 1st of september we know though that a number of these children’s parents will already be eligible to book their vaccines we want to be practical about this so from tomorrow morning parents and caregivers who are eligible for their vaccines will also be able to book their 12 to 15 year olds at the same time but if you’ve already booked then just bring them along please just make sure that while you do that you work hard to keep physical distancing up from others there are an estimated 265 000 people in the 12 to 15 year old age bracket so this is an important next step please be assured again we have more than enough fisa vaccines for everyone including the 12 to 15 year old age group
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