Childhood vaccinations can slip to the back of your mind, especially with a pandemic to worry about. We know that many tamariki are behind with their childhood vaccinations.
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.
The pandemic is not over however the continued decline in case numbers is a welcome relief to us all. At the peak of this Omicron outbreak Middlemore had five wards dedicated exclusively to patients with complications and serious illness due to COVID-19.
In a very short space of time Omicron has become the dominant COVID-19 variant in many countries and community cases are now in New Zealand, and it will rapidly spread in our community.
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.
As the yearend approaches, I’d like to pay tribute to the extraordinary team at Counties Manukau Health. Since this COVID-19 Delta outbreak began in August, our DHB has had the most cases in New Zealand and Middlemore has had over 500 admissions of COVID-19 patients.
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.