Tagged: vaccination

Could the COVID vaccines affect your period? We don’t know yet — but there’s no cause for concern - COVID-19

Guest Author May 04, 2021

Michelle Wise, University of Auckland Over recent weeks, news reports have indicated some women are experiencing irregularities in their menstrual cycles after receiving a COVID vaccine. This has included periods arriving early and being heavier than usual, or being absent or late, among other changes. At this stage, there’s no research evidence to support these anecdotal reports. But it … Read More

so much misinformation on a page supposedly about health - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Apr 15, 2021

It’s always something of a shock to come across a page run by a health-focused business that contains substantial misinformation. This one left me gobsmacked, given the sheer number of statements that are demonstrably untrue. And while a fair bit of the content is prefaced by the statement that it’s the personal opinion of one individual, the fact that … Read More

The best hope for fairly distributing COVID-19 vaccines globally is at risk of failing. Here’s how to save it - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 14, 2021

Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University COVAX, the global initiative to coordinate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in an equitable way, is crucial for bringing the pandemic under control. But COVAX’s aim of delivering 2 billion doses to participating countries by the end of 2021 — including 92 low-income countries that can’t afford to buy vaccines directly from manufacturers — … Read More

Vaccination alone will not provide full protection. When borders open, NZ will still be managing COVID-19 - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 09, 2021

Nikki Turner, University of Auckland From next week, unvaccinated staff working at managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities will be moved to low-risk jobs, following a case of a worker who missed vaccination appointments and then tested positive for COVID-19. The recently announced ban on arrivals from India underscores an important point: even once all border and … Read More

Important vaccination stats to keep in mind - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 13, 2021

Thomas Lumley runs the numbers on herd immunity and vaccination: Cutting transmission by 90% would need nearly everyone to be vaccinated. What if only 50% were vaccinated? Well, suppose someone with the virus would have passed it on to two people, but one of them is vaccinated. Instead of two new cases, we get one new case. Or, in … Read More

Vaccination priorities - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 10, 2021

Chris Hipkins announced some of the government’s prioritisation for the coming vaccination campaign.  I don’t quite get it, given the situation here differs considerably from the situation abroad. Here and abroad, there’s been priority on those at most risk. But who’s at most risk differs. Here, it’s people working in the border system, and the government has been entirely correct … Read More

More than 1 in 3 New Zealanders remain hesitant or sceptical about COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s how to reach them - COVID-19

Guest Author Mar 09, 2021

Jagadish Thaker, Massey University As Aotearoa New Zealand begins the third week of COVID-19 vaccinations, the focus turns from the 12,000-strong border workforce to their families and household contacts. Frontline health and emergency staff will be next in line, followed by the general population. While we can expect border, health and emergency workers to be largely supportive of vaccination, … Read More

Before we introduce vaccine passports we need to know how they’ll be used - COVID-19

Guest Author Mar 03, 2021

Tim Dare, University of Auckland Air New Zealand is to trial digital “vaccine passports” on trans-Tasman routes in April. A media release says: “The goal is to enable customers to seamlessly manage their digital travel documentation throughout their travel experience.” And it’s easy to see why. Airlines want people back in the air, the tourism industry wants them back … Read More

How to best prioritise Covid-19 Vaccination in Aotearoa/New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 02, 2021

Dr Ben Gray* New Zealand has begun to roll out its Covid-19 vaccination programme, starting with those working at the border, including in the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) facilities. There have been calls for prioritising other groups such as those in South Auckland [1] and meat industry workers [2]. The National Ethics Advisory Committee has released a final … Read More