Saturday, December 4

Covid-19 Wrap for Nov 12: Outbreak Spreads to Taranaki, Pediatric Vaccine Approval Requested


The outbreak spreads to Taranaki, Pfizer asks Medsafe for approval of the pediatric vaccine and the police give it until mid-January to be fully vaccinated.

Covid-19 round up, November 12, 2021.

Covid-19 round up, November 12, 2021.
Photo: RNZ

The co-owner of a Stratford pharmacy said staff had been busy vaccinating people, following news that Covid-19 had spread to Taranaki.

Michelle Whittington of Unichem Mackays Pharmacy said the company had 15 stockpiles for vaccines today, but would make more than 50, with many walk-ins.

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson and Public Health Director Caroline McElnay held today’s press conference on the government’s latest pandemic response, which included confirmation that Pfizer had asked Medsafe to consider its Covid-19 vaccine for people between five and 11 years old.

Robertson said that six DHBs had now reached the 90 percent mark for the first doses of the vaccine and some others, such as South Canterbury and Hutt Valley, were very close to that milestone.

Police personnel were given an extension of time to comply with their Vaccination Order, and those affected were due to receive a first dose by the end of this month and be fully vaccinated by January 14.

It was also announced that Covid-19 had been detected in a water sample collected from Taupō on November 8.

The outbreak spreads to Taranaki

Dr. Jonathan Jarman, a medical health officer for the Taranaki District Board of Health, said that the cluster of six Covid-19 cases detected in Stratford and first announced by the Ministry of Health last night were very reluctant to be made. the test and hadn’t been using the tracking app. One of those cases was in the hospital.

All six cases were linked and there was also a clear link to the Auckland outbreak.

Robertson revealed that one of the cases had traveled to Auckland to pick up another family member and bring them back to Taranaki to live with them.

Jarman said 2,284 tests had been conducted in the region since last Friday to try to locate the source, after the virus was detected in sewage tests.

“It was a disease detective job,” he said. Morning report.

The numbers

  • Today there were 201 new community cases of Covid-19: 181 in Auckland, 15 in Waikato, 4 in Northland and 1 in Taranaki. Of the current cases, 92 remain unrelated.
  • Five additional known cases in Taranaki will be included in tomorrow’s official figures.
  • 85 people are hospitalized, including 11 in the ICU. There are 19 at North Shore Hospital, 28 at Middlemore, 35 at Auckland, 2 at Waitakere, and one at Taranaki Base Hospital. The average age of those hospitalized is 53 years.
  • 51 of those hospitalized were not vaccinated.
  • An additional new case has been identified at the border.

Vaccine mandates

Robertson said the vaccine requirement for healthcare and education workers begins next week and he wanted to thank the “vast majority” who have already been vaccinated.

He said the Cabinet had only chosen to make vaccination mandatory in the highest-risk settings, including education, because those under the age of 12 cannot currently be vaccinated, but can contract Covid-19.

“In fact, about 20 percent of the cases in the Delta outbreak have been children under the age of 12, including infants.”

Police Minister Poto Williams said the police had been granted an extension of the vaccination order covering their staff.

“The compliance dates for police personnel that may be affected are November 29, 2021 for the first vaccination and January 14, 2022 for the second vaccination,” he said.

“The police are assessing which personnel are subject to the Order and will contact those personnel shortly.”

Robertson said the vaccine requirements had been commonly used abroad.

“They work. And they are a key part of the vaccination campaign in those countries with high vaccination rates that we are trying to match.”

Virus Detected in Taupō Sewage

The Health Ministry announced that a sewage sample collected on November 8 in Taupō detected the virus, while a sample collected on November 10 was under investigation.

The ministry urged anyone in the area who might have symptoms to get tested, even if they were vaccinated.


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