Ministry of Health: Exemption Cessation P2/N95’s in Alert level 2 for General Practice and Urgent Care Clinics
Exemption Cessation P2/N95’s in Alert level 2
This email is to confirm that effective 11:59pm today (14 September 2021), the Ministry of Health will remove the exemptions put in place for use of N95/P2 use by Pharmacy and General Practice outside of the Auckland region. From 15 September 2021, N95/P2’s will only be supplied to those Pharmacy and General Practice outside of the Auckland region undertaking swabbing, who have provided the Ministry of Health with a fit test declaration.
Use of P2/N95 Particulate Respirators: COVID-19 Vaccine
Please also note that as per the COVID-19 Vaccine Operating Guidelines (pg. 76) for Infection Prevention and Control requirements – specifically mask wearing across Alert settings – does not require the use of an N95/P2 particulate respirator. The Ministry of Health’s centralised supply of PPE will not provide N95/P2 particulate respirators for use in Vaccine Centres. DHBs are further asked to not provide N95/P2 respirators from their supply to Vaccine Centres. The supply of N95/P2 particulate respirators is specifically selected for use across a range of sectors.
We ask that all Vaccine Centres as per the request in the Vaccine Operating Guidelines (pg. 46), contact the COVID-19 Health Supply Chain team to access PPE through HealthCare Logistics or Onelink.
Please note that there are no exceptions unless approved on an individual case by case basis by the Ministry of Health directly. The Principles of Supply clearly articulate PPE across Alert Levels and settings. If you are unsure in the first instance, please refer to Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment Central Supply.
COVID-19 Health Supply Chain