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Latest update 16/11/2021                    

During these uncertain and difficult times, we're working with the medical community and partners to provide you with date information about the coronavirus (COVID-19).KHNZ will ensure the needs and concerns of patients are being heard, and that the information we bring you is up to date and backed by the clinical community.Kidney Health New Zealand has in partnership with ANZSN and the RSA written to the New Zealand Governement to make them aware that kidney patients and their whanau or household contacts/papakainga are priority groups.

Kidney Health NZ supports the Covid-19 vaccine for New Zealanders living with kidney disease.It is best advised that you speak with your treating doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine and what will be best for your health.

Kidney patients organisations,kidney doctors,nurses and tranplant teams around the world support the Covid-19 vaccine for people living with kidney disease.Click here to read the main reasons why:  

For Covid-19 vaccine information A3 poster:Click here 

Third Vaccination Dose

On the 21th of October the Government have announced that a third Pfizer vaccination (not a booster) has been approved for severly immunocompromised people. This includes everyone 12 and over and is to ensure that you get the best possible protection. The third dose will be available, free of charge, through your GP or Specialist. If you think you qualify, we recommend getting in touch with your usual health provider.

If your GP or specialist does not provide vaccination services, you will be given a script and consent form which you can take to your nearest vaccination clinic.For consent form click here
The third dose is recommended to be given 8 weeks after your second dose. To optimise your immune response it is recommend that you discuss your current health and/or treatments with your GP or Specialist to find the most suitable time to receive it.
 
For more information and most asked Questions about the third pfizer vaccine please click here:
 
Booster:
Booster vaccine doses will be available from Monday 29 November 2021, for anyone over 18 who has completed their primary vaccination course at least 6 months prior to their planned booster dose.
The booster is different to the third primary dose recommended for severely immunocompromised people. People eligible for a third primary dose can access a booster dose 6 months after receiving their third primary dose.People can access a booster dose in the same way as any other dose.
For more info click here:
 
See our videos about Covid vaccination :

We also share with you the launch of the navigational tool, #CatchOn. This community-led app is to aid the process of making an informed decision on the national vaccination roll-out to defend ourselves against Covid-19.With thanks to Le Va.

To see the CatchOn app Click here

Karawhiua is for whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.Karawhiua is led by Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry for Māori Development), co-delivered by Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency) and supported by the Ministry of Health and the Unite Against COVID-19 teams.

To read more about the Karawhiua campaign click here