A. 2021 Influenza (Flu) Immunisation Campaign Update
1. What: Get your FREE influenza (Flu) immunisation (for those eligible*)
Who: *Flu vaccination is now available FREE for anyone 65 or older
Flu vaccine is also FREE for pregnant women (any trimester), people with certain chronic conditions, and young children aged 4 years or under with a history of severe respiratory illness (or are hospitalised for respiratory illness).
For those who are under 65, vaccination will be available from 17 May 2021 (charges may apply).
Where: At your local family doctor (GP) or participating community pharmacist- see full list of participating pharmacies here
Details: For full details of eligibility criteria, see here . For more information, see here.
Resources: For translated ‘Free flu immunisation for people 65 years+’ posters to promote to your Communities (English, Arabic, Burmese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, note Punjabi and Portuguese will be uploaded soon) see here
Also available ‘Treasure our Whanau’ posters in English, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Hindi, Korean and Urdu, please see here
See videos featuring Doctors/GP’s covering five important questions about the flu shots in Mandarin, Korean and Hindi (click on the language)
Flu and COVID-19 vaccination:
You can have your annual flu shot and your COVID-19 vaccination, but not at the same time.
Get your COVID-19 vaccination first if you have an appointment booked for it.
If you do not have an appointment booked for a COVID-19 vaccination, get your flu shot first.
Leave a gap of two weeks between the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine. Please note that whilst a two-week gap between flu and COVID vaccines is recommended there are no clinical safety concerns should the gap between vaccines be less than two weeks.
B. COVID-19 Vaccination Update
2. Call for COVID-19 vaccine champions/influencers:
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) is looking for individuals in the community that are willing to share their vaccine journey publicly. Preferably well-known individuals that can be perceived as role models in their community. If you or someone you know can help, please get in touch with Rizwaana (Riz) Latiff, Senior Communications Advisor – Engagement COVID-19 Group for more information. Riz’s email is Rizwaana.firstname.lastname@example.org
3. The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) has published the attached ‘Fatwa’ regarding getting the COVID-19 vaccine during the month of Ramadhan.
4. COVID-19 vaccination journey:
The vaccination patient journey videos have been updated. Please see new links below to these:
Arabic, Burmese, Japanese, Khmer, Tagalog and Urdu will be available soon.
C. Other Updates
6. Wellbeing Guides in Multiple Languages
Yellow Brick Road provides services for families who have a loved one experiencing mental health challenges. They have published wellbeing guides in multiple languages for managing anxiety, boosting mental health and lowering stress levels. See here