Nelson Marlborough Health News and Notices

Nelson Marlborough Health District Health Board Meeting 26 October 2021

Members of the public are welcome to attend the following Nelson Marlborough District Health Board meeting to be held Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 12.30pm, Seminar Centre Room 1, Braemar Campus, Nelson Hospital.


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Super Saturday: Don't wait, vaccinate!

It has never been more urgent to get New Zealand vaccinated

Summer is just 8 weeks away and we need everyone to book their first vaccine appointment now so they can get 2 doses and enjoy everything a classic Kiwi summer has to offer.

The more of us are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us. That is why we are asking you to support our national day of action on Saturday 16 October — Super Saturday.

If you have not been vaccinated yet, vaccine clinics will be open all over the country, all day and into the evening. We have pop-ups, drive-throughs and more. Super Saturday events and other ways to get vaccinated are listed here.

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It's our shot NZ: Now is the time!

At least 80% of people aged 12+ in our region have had their first COVID-19 vaccine, and 59% their second. Awesome!

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If you are in the 20% (average across our region) still not vaccinated, we need you to get your first vaccine now so you can get two doses before summer. Here's how.

The more of us fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us. This is our shot people!

Pop into a pop-up, cruise through a drive-through, walk into a clinic, book with your GP or pharmacy.

All types of clinic are listed on our main webpage here.

You'll also find details of our competition on that page. We have iPhones, iPads and data top-up cards up for grabs.

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Hospital visitor limits during Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2 our hospitals are open but things may look a little different as we work to keep each other safe:

  • it is a requirement for staff, patients and visitors to wear masks in NMH healthcare settings
  • physical distancing of 2 meters is in place
  • record keeping is mandatory at healthcare facilities. Staff, patients and visitors need to scan QR codes, sign-in or keep a record of their attendance
  • hospital attendees will be asked COVID-19 screening questions on entry.

To minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission visitor restrictions are in place. Click through to read these.


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Nelson Marlborough Health District Health Board Meeting 28 September 2021

Members of the public are welcome to attend the following Nelson Marlborough District Health Board meeting to be held Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 10.30am, Seminar Room, Arthur Wicks Building, Wairau Hospital.


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Walk-in and early-bird vaccination options

The free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination is available to anyone aged 12 or older, at your choice of venue, day and time.

Walk-in vaccinations are available at the three main vaccination clinics in Nelson, Richmond and Blenheim. No appointments needed and there are no queues! Bring family and friends with you and pop on a face mask before you come in.  Click through to the full story to find out when the clinics are open.

Now that more people are back at work and school during Alert Level 2, we’re trialing ‘early-bird’ vaccination at the Nelson vaccination centre (16 Paru Paru Rd near the Trafalgar Centre). This option may appeal to shift workers also. If this sounds like you, the centre is open from 7am on:

  • Monday 27 September
  • Tuesday 28 September

 


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Planned Care returns under Alert Level 3

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) will begin to reintroduce Planned Care under Alert Level 3. NMH has considered the clinical patient need alongside patient and staff safety and the reality of operating in a health system that is responding to the current COVID-19 outbreak.


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Thousands of vaccines available this week

We have thousands of appointments available in the next week at the Trafalgar Centre vaccination centre in Nelson and Stadium 2000 centre in Blenheim.

The centres are safe, big enough to allow for physical distancing and there is lots of parking.

It’s ok to travel within your district to your appointment in Nelson or Blenheim so that you can book an appointment time earlier than you would at one of the smaller locations. For example, if you live in Richmond you can travel to Nelson. Or if you live in Picton, travel to Blenheim.

Booking online is easy. Go to Book My Vaccine to book now, change your appointment, book for someone else, find out if you are an essential worker in Group 2 and more:  www.BookMyVaccine.nz

If it’s your turn for a vaccine you can also bring your 12-15 year olds with you for their vaccine, when you have an appointment at the Trafalgar Centre or Stadium 2000.

We're also are offering the vaccine to people aged 30-39 in our region ahead of the national roll-out schedule. If you are 30-39, use the code we texted or emailed you this weekend when you book online or phone 0800 28 29 26. If you didn't get a text or email and are aged 30-39 call 0800 28 29 26 and the booking team will be able to get you an appointment.


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Vaccination centres relocate to provide more vaccination safely during Alert Level 4

The Nelson and Blenheim vaccination centres will relocate to larger venues so that larger numbers of appointments can be offered each day, while still allowing for physical distancing requirements during Alert Level 4.

Nelson: The Paru Paru Rd vaccination centre will relocate to the Trafalgar Centre, operational from Monday 23 August.

Blenheim: The Henry St vaccination centre will relocate to Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000, operational from Monday 23 August.


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Public health advice for an extended Level 4 lockdown

Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Baker offers advice to our communities as we enter an extended Level 4 period.


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