Mrs Kitty McQuilkin and Ms Summer Hawke, COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Leads, Counties Manukau, Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand
Kitty and Summer are a dynamic duo committed to equitable health outcomes. Together they led the Counties Manukau COVID-19 Vaccination Programme to protect the diverse communities of South Auckland.
There are some pretty clear indications of an uptick in COVID case figures as we come into December with rising case numbers each day.
The COVID-19 Protection Framework will end, along with several other COVID-19 public health measures at 11. 59pm on 12 September 2022. The COVID-19 response will remain active and operating in the background, with fewer restrictions on individuals.
Omicron is now in the community in various locations across Aotearoa and we expect the number of cases to rapidly increase in the next two to three weeks.
Our focus on preparation for the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues. The outbreak of omicron in our community will place demand on our hospital system as we know it will rapidly infect many people. It’s pleasing to see the commencement of the paediatric COVID-19 vaccination this week.
As we head into the peak of our summer the number of people infected by the Delta variant of COVID-19 has declined dramatically with only one active case in Middlemore Hospital at the start of this week.
After a long lockdown in Auckland, and a busy period as the spread of COVID-19 in the community adds pressure to our system, we are looking forward to the new protection framework coming into effect.
Today is day 93 of Auckland’s lockdown, and while public health restrictions have changed and children are returning to school, we urge the community to remain vigilant, continue to follow the rules, and get fully vaccinated.
Aucklanders are grateful for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions after three long months of lockdown. The Government is signally an end to lockdowns and the response to the vaccination call-out is a major contributor as we inch closer to an end to Auckland’s lockdown.
As the number of COVID-19 cases throughout New Zealand increases, more people are curious about the care Middlemore Hospital provides COVID-19 patients. So, some of our clinical leaders have stepped forward to provide insights into what goes on behind the scenes.