Saturday, November 27

Covid-19 Vaccines: Answers to the Most Googled Questions in New Zealand

From how many people are vaccinated to how many types of Covid vaccines there are, RNZ set out to answer the most Googled questions about the Covid-19 vaccine by New Zealanders.

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It has been 46 days since the last outbreak was announced and the country was placed on a level 4 lockdown.

In those 46 days, 1,648,517 people received their first Covid-19 vaccine and 1,004,893 received their second dose.

Google trending data shows that searches for Covid-19 and vaccines increased during the outbreak, with many asking questions about the launch of the vaccine.

We collect the latest official data and enlist the help of experts to answer your most searched questions on Google in the month of September.

Where to get the Covid vaccine?

There are hundreds of places across the country where you can get vaccinated against Covid-19, including medical clinics, pharmacies, marae, and pop-up vaccination centers.

You can search for a vaccination site by location or address at Healthpoint website, or discover one near you through the ministry’s Covid-19 vaccination interactive. appointment availability map. The map shows the centers according to availability in the next 1-7 days, 8-14 days, 15-28 days and 29 more days.

Karawhiua, which is targeted at the Whānau, Hapū, Iwi and Maori communities, also has a map showing the Kaupapa Māori centers, the Kaupapa Māori ‘vax now’ centers, the centers that anyone can access, the patient centers of Eligible general medicine and the ‘vax now’ in general. centers. Go to the website and enter your location to display the map.

The new Covid 19 vaccination facility in South Auckland

People can now get vaccinated at specific pharmacies, GP clinics, marae, and vaccination centers, including pop-up sites.
Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

How to get a Covid vaccine?

People over the age of 12 can receive a free Covid-19 vaccine regardless of their visa or citizenship status. People can make reservations and change and cancel appointments through the Book My Vaccine website. If you have someone’s permission, you can book on their behalf.

You can also book appointments by calling Covid Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. Calls are free and you can request an interpreter if you need one.

There are also centers where you can simply come in and get a date on the spot.

How many types of Covid vaccines are there?

The following information is provided by the director of the Malaghan Medical Research Institute and the director of the Vaccine Alliance program, Professor Graham Le Gros.

Currently there are:

  • Three vaccines approved by Medsafe for use in New Zealand: Pfizer, Janssen and AstraZeneca
  • Three vaccines approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) for use in the US: Pfizer, Janssen, and Moderna
  • Six vaccines approved for use by the World Health Organization (WHO): Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac
  • The Sputnik vaccine is approved for use in 67 countries, but not by the FDA.

Pharmac says that New Zealand’s Covid-19 portfolio aligns closely with that of leading countries, as seen in this graph below.

How many people have been vaccinated in New Zealand?

A total of 3,308,253 people have received their first dose and 1,960,807 are fully vaccinated.

This chart shows how the vaccines administered so far compare to the production plan and stock received.

This chart shows how the vaccines administered so far compare to the production plan and stock received.
Photo: Ministry of Health

How to make the bulge of the vaccine go down?

Pain or swelling at the injection site is a common symptom. secondary effect of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners suggests placing a cold, wet compress or ice pack on the injection site to help lower the lump.

He also recommends that people seek medical advice from their GP or call Healthline if they have any concerns or feel unwell after vaccination.

How many vaccines are reserved in New Zealand?

As of September 30, there were 102,354 reserved first dose vaccines and 1,067,622 reserved second dose vaccines, a total of 1,169,976.

Pfizer Covid 19 Vaccine: How Long Does It Last?

The Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand program director Graham Le Gros provided the following answer to this question: “General protective immunity is estimated to last at least one year in healthy people against the Delta variant. We will not know how much longer until the years have passed. “

The Health Ministry says the second dose increases protection, “giving you better and probably longer-lasting immunity than the first dose alone.”

The ministry says it is “evaluating preliminary data from other countries on the impact that new strains may have on the effectiveness of the vaccine,” while the World Health Organization says a coordinated approach to study and evaluate is crucial. the variants “and their potential impact on vaccine. efficacy”.

A photo shows vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Emile Muller hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France, on January 8, 2021.

The government has bought enough vaccines for everyone in New Zealand, as well as in the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Sāmoa, Tonga and Tuvalu.
Photo: AFP

How much does the Pfizer vaccine cost the government?

The cabinet has set aside $ 983.7 million to ensure access to vaccines.

It has agreements with four providers and enough vaccines have been secured for everyone in New Zealand, as well as the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Sāmoa, Tonga and Tuvalu.

The ministry will not say how much each individual vaccine costs.

“Due to the commercial sensitivity, the disruption of international transportation, and the logistical challenges of the Covid-19 vaccine, the ministry is unable to provide further details on the individual cost of each vaccine.”

The vaccine is free to anyone in New Zealand.

Are they doing walk-in vaccinations in Auckland?

Yes, there are walk-in clinics across the country, including Auckland. A list of Auckland drop-in centers can be found at Covid-19 websiteas well as links to Healthpoint and Karawhiua where you can find more vaccination centers.

How safe is the Covid Pfizer vaccine?

Medsafe says it focuses on safety, efficacy and quality when evaluating vaccines and will only recommend approval if it meets these standards. Continue to monitor the safety and efficacy of the vaccine as it is used.

Pfizer’s vaccine was provisionally approved, with conditions, which means that “it has been formally approved after extensive evaluation, but Pfizer must provide Medsafe with ongoing data and reports to demonstrate that it meets international standards.” according to the ministry’s Covid-19 website.

The ministry says there are no additional security concerns for pregnant or breastfeeding people.

Vaccine health tips can be found for specific situations, including underlying health conditions. here.

The ministry says that The vaccine can cause side effects in some people. – most are mild and do not last long.

The Independent Safety Monitoring Board for the Covid-19 Vaccine believes that a woman’s death may have been caused by myocarditis, a rare side effect of the Pfizer vaccine. The director of the Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand, Graham Le Gros, emphasizes that the woman had a pre-existing condition and says that it is not clear that her death is related to the vaccine. The coroner is investigating and the cause of death has yet to be determined.

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