COVID-19 update – 4 July 2022

COVID-19 Update – 4 July 2022

Winter ventilation – support for centres

We are awaiting confirmation from the Ministry of Education (MoE) about how this extra funding will be managed and we will provide more information when this comes to hand.

We have launched our ventilation pilot programme and will be monitoring this over the next 3 months.

COVID-19 reinfection advice

The Ministry of Health has updated its advice on getting infected again with COVID-19 within 90 days of a previous COVID-19 infection in light of increasing evidence that reinfections can occur earlier than 90 days.

The latest evidence shows that getting COVID-19 again within a short period of time can happen – but it’s unclear how common it is. Reinfection is also more likely as new variants spread among the community.

Reinfection advice

  • You are more likely to become reinfected as your immune response from the vaccine or your previous COVID-19 infection decreases over time.
  • If a person develops new COVID-19 symptoms and it’s 29 days or more since their previous infection, it’s possible that it’s a reinfection with COVID-19 and they should take a rapid antigen test.
  • If it is 28 days or fewer since the last infection, there’s no need to test.
  • Within 28 days, symptoms are most likely due to lasting effects of the initial infection or a different new respiratory infection. A new COVID-19 infection is difficult to diagnose within 28 days because symptoms, viral levels and test positivity may fluctuate during this time.
  • COVID-19-like symptoms may well be caused by other infections like the common cold, flu or a chest infection.
  • For most people, illness caused by reinfection is likely to be no more severe than a first infection, but they can experience different symptoms.

If a person is not getting better, or becoming increasingly unwell, they should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their doctor/healthcare provider.

Evidence on reinfections is evolving rapidly. The Ministry of Health is constantly monitoring what’s happening internationally and updating their guidance to ensure it is in line with the latest public health advice.

Updated advice for the public and information for health workers on testing for possible reinfection is on the Ministry of Health website.

Catching COVID-19 again – Ministry of Health

Second booster now available for high-risk people

A second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine was made available to those at increased risk of severe illness from Tuesday 28 June.

Boosters – Ministry of Health 

Is it recommended that these booster doses are especially prioritised by:

  • everyone over the age of 50 (and is recommended for anyone over the age of 65)
  • Māori and Pacific peoples aged 50 years and over
  • people who are severely immunocompromised
  • health, aged-care and disability workers over the age of 30.

The second booster dose is available six months after the previous dose, and it should be postponed for three months after a COVID-19 infection.
Anyone who is eligible for a second booster can book an appointment for a booster dose through Book My Vaccine or by calling the COVID-19 vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, seven days a week).

Book My Vaccine – Ministry of Health 

For those who are not considered at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, a two-dose primary course and a booster dose provides very good protection against severe illness from COVID-19.
We continue to encourage everyone to get their COVID-19 booster.

Free flu jabs for tamariki aged 3 to 12 years

Children aged 3 to 12 years old can get a free flu vaccination from their GP, healthcare provider or at most pharmacies from this Friday 1 July.

Free flu jabs for tamariki – Ministry of Health

Talk to your health provider as tamariki under 9 years old may need one or two vaccinations depending on whether they’ve had a flu vaccine before.

If tamariki have recently had COVID-19 they can have a flu jab as soon as they’ve recovered.