News and Notices

No new cases today, public urged to keep up the good work

There are no new COVID-19 cases to announce in Nelson Marlborough today.

Nelson Marlborough Medical Officer of Health Dr Andrew Lindsay said people in Nelson Marlborough still have an opportunity in Phase One to slow the spread and impact of the virus by vaccinating sooner rather than later.

“We are still in Phase One, ‘stamp it out’. We have cases in the community who are in isolation. This allows time for people to become fully vaccinated and protected from the virus.

“We have a short window of opportunity before community cases are expected to become widespread.

“So far, there’s been great uptake of booster shots, with the overall total at 70% in Nelson Marlborough. The total for our Māori population is 58%.

“We are very thankful people are protecting themselves, their whānau and the wider community. But this is no time to wait. We need to get as many people as possible boosted and vaccinated before we see numbers escalate.

“Vaccination not only protects the individual and their whānau, it may also help to protect the capacity of our hospitals and critical healthcare workers.”

“Increasing our coverage now will mean that when we enter Phase Two, the ‘flatten the curve’ phase, we are in the best possible place to further slow the spread of the virus and assist our vulnerable communities.”

What will Phase Two – Flatten the curve look like?

“At some point, the number of cases in the community will mean we can no longer continue to ‘stamp it out’.

“People will still need to wear a mask, scan, and use their vaccine passes. However the flatten the curve phase will see rising case numbers, and this will change our approach to testing, case investigation, contact tracing and isolation and quarantine.

“As cases grow, we’ll use digital technology more for case investigation and contact tracing. This will be by using text messaging on mobile phone and information by email. There will also be support for those who do not use a mobile phone or email.

“Phase Two will see changes to isolation periods. Isolation for cases will be 10 days, and contacts will need to isolate for 7 days.”


Vaccinations and boosters

Please note that this booster info is for our primary care enrolled eligible population.


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Three Phase approach to Omicron Response

We are currently in Phase One of our Omicron response: Stamp it out. Phase Two will be a shift to slow the spread of the disease. The Ministry of Health provides detailed explanations of each phase on its website:


Advisory: Drive-through clinic 10 and 11 February

A drive-through vaccination pop-up clinic in a car park near Trafalgar Park will be available on 10 and 11 February. Vehicles should enter from Hathaway Terrace.

  • Location:  Hathaway Terrace Carpark
  • Time:  9am-5pm
  • Clinic: Drive through – no appointments needed
  • Date:  10 and 11 February


Locations of interest

Nelson Tasman residents and visitors are asked to monitor Ministry of Health’s locations of interest page, and follow the instructions given on that page if you’ve been at a location of interest. There is a list on this page and also a map for quick-reference:

COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest | Ministry of Health NZ

Marlborough residents and visitors should monitor this page also if they have travelled to the Nelson Tasman region in the past 14 days.

When and where to get tested

We ask anyone with symptoms – no matter how mild – to please get tested, even if they are vaccinated. Read about symptoms to be alert to on the Ministry of Health website:

About COVID-19 symptoms and spread | Ministry of Health NZ COVID-19

COVID-19 testing locations

Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) hours will be kept up-to-date on the Healthpoint website: 

Nelson Marlborough COVID-19 CBACs | HealthPoint

All locations and hours available on the Healthpoint website including by appointment opportunities at medical centres (GP), please phone ahead first:

COVID-19 Testing | Nelson Marlborough | HealthPoint


Vaccination advice

People living in Marlborough, Nelson, and Tasman are reminded to get vaccinated if they have not already. Everyone aged 5 years and over is eligible for free COVID-19 vaccination. Booster doses are also now available to anyone aged 18+ who had their second dose 3 months ago.

Vaccination clinic locations across the region are listed on HealthPoint.