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Ko ngaa kawenga o te kii, kei raro - koutou e aku nui, koutou e ngaa kaihaapai,
koutou e ngaa kaimanaaki o te kaupapa whakarauora,
Teenaa koutou katoa.
Information update for all kaupapa Māori and Pacific providers, General Practice, Community Pharmacy
and Urgent Care teams
Please click here for Level Specific guidance for Vaccinations
24 August 2021
Please share this information with your teams.
We’re seeing vaccinations massively ramping up across the takiwā – we have now collectively delivered over 200,000 vaccinations, which is a wonderful effort.
It’s been very impressive to see providers respond so quickly to the surge in public demand and to hear of the innovations some have introduced. We are very appreciative of all the work primary care, kaupapa Māori and Pacific providers are doing in these circumstances.
While we see this demand come through the request for vaccine, please do contact us if you are planning something different from your standard approach (for example, drive-through vaccination). This is so we are aware of the changes and can provide support if required. It is important that centres continue to comply with the Vaccination Operating Guidelines Version 20 during this time. We are also being approached on a daily basis by the media and need to be aware of what all our sites are doing.
Please remember that any new sites or alterations to your current delivery model (i.e. expansion in size, moving from a fixed to drive-through site) must be approved by Waikato DHB, through your PHO, Midlands Pharmacy Group or the DHB CVIP Operations Team.
Operating at Alert Level 4
Just a reminder of the specific requirements for vaccinating under Alert Level 4 and Alert Level 3 conditions. These are designed to make sure your staff and our community stay safe. Requirements are identical at AL3 and AL4.
On upscaling of bookings, please be aware this will have a downstream effect when levels change again and also when people are due their second vaccination in six weeks. It may create the need to cancel and rebook appointments, which is inconvenient and potentially upsetting for the public.
We have had feedback from the public that physical distancing is not always being adhered to and we encourage you to ensure your site is compliant with the attached government guidelines.
The requirement during AL4 is for no walk-ins with all appointments booked in advance. Walk-ins continue to be an issue for many sites and these need to be carefully managed. We appreciate there are circumstances where it is appropriate to accept a walk-in e.g. families arriving together.
It is clear from the actuals we see at the end of the day that vaccinations are considerably higher than planned bookings each morning through bookmyvaccine.nz. Please ensure you are vaccinating in a safe environment for everyone.
Access to CIR
As many sites have scaled up and brought in additional staff, please ensure everyone has completed the CIR training. CIR is a live database with strict privacy controls and logins or passwords should not be shared.
Please feel free to contact me or other members of the team for support if required. We are here to help and, like you, we want to support our whānau and community to be fully vaccinated in a safe environment.
Booking streams in NIBS
Waikato DHB is committed to ensuring we are supporting our most vulnerable communities and working towards making vaccinations as accessible as possible. This is why we are working towards absolute equity for our Māori and Pacific peoples.
Additionally, you will be aware people in customer/client-facing roles during AL4 are now included in the updated definition of Essential Workers (Tier 2C).
Across DHB sites we have set up separate booking streams in bookmyvaccine for both Māori and Pacific peoples and Essential Workers to ensure these people are able to get bookings ASAP. Should you wish to have these streams set up for your site, please contact your PHO, MCPG or Operations Manager.
Thank you all for your outstanding mahi.