Tagged: vaccination

New Zealand has managed to dodge the COVID-19 bullet, again. Here’s why - COVID-19

Guest Author Jul 01, 2021

Arindam Basu, University of Canterbury   New Zealand has avoided community transmission, even though an Australian visitor tested positive for the delta variant which dominates Australia’s latest COVID-19 outbreaks. New Zealand health authorities were quick to react, isolating and testing contacts and suspending travel. Of the traveller’s 2,609 contacts, 93% have now returned a negative test result. But given … Read More

Why New Zealand is more vulnerable to a new COVID-19 outbreak than ever before - COVID-19

Guest Author Jun 25, 2021

Matthew Hobbs, University of Canterbury; Lesley Gray, University of Otago; and Malcolm Campbell, University of Canterbury   Health authorities have raised the COVID-19 alert to level 2 for Wellington, from 6pm today until midnight on Sunday, after an Australian traveller who visited the New Zealand capital at the weekend tested positive on their return home. The news comes … Read More

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