COVID-19 remains a serious threat to our health and wellbeing. While we’ve changed our lives and tikanga to protect ourselves from COVID-19, there is still more we can do to keep ourselves safe.

This year, everyone aged 16 and over will get the chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is especially important to safeguard our kuia and kaumātua, hapū Māmā and others who are more likely to get seriously ill if they catch COVID-19.It will also help protect our tamariki and those who cannot yet be vaccinated against the virus.

It is your choice to get vaccinated. Seek out trusted sources of information and have a kōrero with your whānau, hapū, iwi and community about how best to protect yourselves against COVID-19. Be a doer! Karawhiua.

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Once vaccinated, it is still important to keep up these practices:

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Use the NZ COVID tracer app (including turning on Bluetooth)
  • Wear a face covering on public transport
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms