Te tiaki i ō tātau whānau, i ō tātau whakapapa hoki Looking after our whānau and our whakapapa

Getting vaccinated is our best defence against COVID-19. It can reduce the chance of falling seriously ill. It also helps to safeguard our kaumātua, hapū māmā and immunocompromised whānau.

Use trusted sources of information and have a kōrero with your whānau about how the vaccine, wearing your face mask and preparing a whānau plan helps protect us all against COVID-19.

Mahere ā-Whānau: Kia rite ki te noho mohoao Whānau Planning: Preparing to self-isolate

Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild to moderate illness and can safely recover in their own whare. Getting prepared and making plans with whānau and friends will be helpful if your whare has to suddenly isolate.

If you or someone in your whare tests positive for COVID-19, your whole whare must isolate for seven days. This means you cannot leave home. You cannot go to the supermarket or pick up any essential supplies, like medication. If this happens, it helps if you have a plan.

Perhaps someone outside your whare can collect or deliver your supplies? If someone in your whare has had COVID-19 in the last three months, they do not need to isolate. They may be in a position to support you.

Make a plan.

  • Set up a support network for your whānau and those in your whare in case you need to isolate.
  • For kai and other essential supplies, reach out to whānau or other support networks to make contactless drop-offs. You can also contact your local hauora provider and find out what support they might be able to provide.
  • Think about what your tamariki will get up to if they have to isolate. Encourage whānau time together and do some cool activities in the whare or backyard if you are feeling up to it.
  • Make sure you have your regular medications and basic medical supplies like pain relief to help manage your symptoms.
  • If you have friends or whānau who are isolating, reach out and ask if they need anything dropped off or if there is anything you can do to help.

The Unite against COVID-19 website provides some ideas on how you and your whānau can make a plan.

Preparing to self-isolate

Whānau planning

Turuki and Mania are committed to keeping their young whānau safe and have developed a whānau plan. Find out why it works for them.   

Video Link: https://karawhiua.nz/assets/Videos/YOUTUBE-SUBSCovid-Planning-16_9_1.mp4

Te pā o te KOWHEORI-19 Getting COVID-19

If you have tested positive, you need to self-isolate. It is important to report your positive result through My Covid Record. This will ensure your GP or hauora provider is notified and can help you access the support you need. You can do this online or by calling the Ministry of Health team on 0800 22 24 78.

My Covid Record

Your home isolation will last for at least seven days. Day 0 is the day your symptoms started or when you tested positive, whichever came first.

Help is available for whānau who need extra support. Depending on your circumstances, this might include money to pay for urgent and essential costs like kai, medicine and some bills. There are other services around the motu that can help get supplies delivered to you. 

For information about how to access extra support, reach out to your local hauora provider or visit the Isolation and care page on the Unite against COVID-19 website.

Isolation and care

To speak to someone or for information and advice about COVID-19, call the COVID Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Te okaoka tamariki mai i te pakeke 5-11 Immunisation for tamariki aged 5-11

Tamariki aged 5-11 years can get a children's version of the Pfizer vaccine. It is a lower dose and smaller volume than the Pfizer vaccine given to adults.

Tamariki will need two doses of the vaccine to be fully immunised. It is recommended that they are administered at least eight weeks apart.

Immunisations play an important role in keeping our tamariki safe. In Aotearoa, tamariki can get immunised against 12 diseases, including whooping cough, measles and polio. They can also help stop diseases from spreading, keeping our tamariki and mokopuna safe. If you have pātai, reach out to your local hauora provider or check out our frequently asked questions page.

Frequently asked questions

Ngā okanga taunaki kia haumaru tonu ai Booster shots for ongoing protection

All whānau members aged 16 and over who have been fully vaccinated for at least three months are encouraged to get a free booster.

Current evidence shows your protection against infection after two doses slowly decreases over time. A booster dose will give you greater immunity against COVID-19.  A booster will also help reduce the likelihood of becoming seriously ill, and you will be less likely to have to go to hospital if you get COVID-19.

For more information about boosters, reach out to your local hauora provider or visit the Why you should get a booster shot page on the Unite against COVID-19 website.

Booster shots

Ētahi atu ara whakahaumaru i te āhua ki te KOWHEORI-19 Other ways to stay safe against COVID-19

If you get vaccinated, it is still important to keep up good practices.

  • Continue to wear a face mask when you are in indoor public places.
  • If you are sick, stay home and get tested for COVID-19.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and are concerned about your hauora, call your doctor or the COVID Vaccination Healthline team on 0800 28 29 26.

Vaccinations and RAT and PCR tests are available across the motu. Use our online map tool to find a test from a kaupapa Māori clinic near you.

Find a clinic

Isolating with tamariki while hapū

Ruthie shares her experience of isolating while being hapū, and why she has chosen to vaccinate.

Video Link: https://karawhiua.nz/assets/Videos/03_Ruthie_230_master.mp4.mp4