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  #3173905 20-Dec-2023 22:46
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Interesting attitude to vaccination/covid protection (in mid-70's so presumably still classed as 'vulnerable').  Leaving on a ~3 week round world+ business trip mid-Jan.  Five countries (+ two in transit), dozens of in-person meetings, five nights sleeping in the air, ... so exposure risk presumably fairly high.  Six months since my last vaccination comes up 8 days after I leave. 

 

Enquired with my medical centre about getting another booster before I leave but they are adamant I cannot get one until the full 6 months is up!  Like a matter of 8 - 9 days short ...  rules must be followed.


 
 
 

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  #3173911 20-Dec-2023 23:14
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That does not sound exactly right. I'd try talking to a specialist travel vaccinator. Other than that, worst case you'll be paying for it overseas and accepting the bad timing considering it knocks many people back a day.

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  #3173914 21-Dec-2023 01:14
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Found during the initial full dose requirements, and possibly still present was the hard coded timer

The register that holds the data had a hard minimum. They could not under any circumstances get past nhi details to enter the batch/ date of immunisation if it had not yet lapsed. Turned a number of people away who were within days early.

Presumably the immunisation Register itself and the reason they can't forward date to get past it. At that point it had a big red box that said patient not eligible. Potentially still present?



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  #3173921 21-Dec-2023 07:03
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frednz:

 

 

 

Thanks, that's interesting information. I have a pack that expired about 2 months ago, so I will definitely bin this and get a more recent pack. I'm not sure that just 1 positive RAT test should be considered as reliable, I would want say 3 positive tests done over a 48-hour period.

 

 

I would look at it the other way round in that I am not sure that one negative test should be considered reliable.


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  #3173967 21-Dec-2023 09:41
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Well, got my vaccine booster yesterday. I forgot my phone at home but after the booster I didn't need it anyway.





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  #3174007 21-Dec-2023 11:15
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frednz:

 

Thanks, that's interesting information. I have a pack that expired about 2 months ago, so I will definitely bin this and get a more recent pack. I'm not sure that just 1 positive RAT test should be considered as reliable, I would want say 3 positive tests done over a 48-hour period.

 

 

By design a false positive is far rarer than a false negative. 

 

Think back to your statistics classess... sensitivity vs. specificity. 

 

https://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal-articles/sensitivity-and-potential-utility-of-sars-cov-2-rapid-antigen-and-nucleic-acid-amplification-tests-in-the-context-of-an-elimination-approach-open-access 





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  #3174088 21-Dec-2023 15:35
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I do know of someone who is holding back from their next vaccination.
They may need to travel and it would be ideal to get a boost a week before.

 

Its not really any fear of becoming seriously ill overseas, being well vaccinated.
They are not young, and I know the frustration of getting that big trip 
and then spending most of it feeling like your'e half dead.
It was in my case a work trip, but no junket with training to bring back.

 

SARS2 investigations into long covid seem to be giving insights into 'Tapanui Flu', ME.
Now an area getting more serious research money.

 

Update on Long Covid
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMt6ZV-hHSE

 

Vaccination is protective and antivirals very early in infection seem to reduce long covid.
Long term studies ongoing as you need 'long term' and it's not been that long yet.

 

The future risk of long Covid
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/301028013/the-future-risk-of-long-covid

 

 




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  #3188860 31-Jan-2024 15:31
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Press release:

 

 

Additional supplies of free Rapid Antigen Tests until June

 

Additional supplies of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs) will enable continued free testing for the public and health sector through to the end of June 2024, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has announced.  

 

“New Zealand’s current inventory of RATs expires before the end of March and the ability to keep providing free stock would have come to an end,” Dr Reti says.  

 

“Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora will procure supplies to enable the ongoing provision of free RATs through until 30 June.  These free RATs will be available through the established national network of distribution providers, comprising of health providers and some pharmacies.

 

“Officials will provide me with further advice on COVID-19 testing and supply requirements from 1 July onwards.  

 

“Many other countries have already decreased the wide distribution of free RATs, however this approach will ensure New Zealand continues to have good stocks of tests available as we enter winter,” Dr Reti says.

 

“Health New Zealand is purchasing a further five million RATs, these costs can be met from existing budgets for COVID-19 services.”

 





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  #3188933 31-Jan-2024 19:43
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frednz:

 

cddt:

 

Well my parents (late 60s) have just been through their second round of covid. Took antivirals, seems to have helped. 

 

 

 

My daughter (age 4) had covid a couple of months ago for the second time (first time for the whole household was January) - but no one else in the household caught it, including her unvaccinated younger siblings or either adult. So our immunity must be holding up ok. 

 

 

What interests me is, if one person in a household of say 3 people catches Covid, should the other 2 people take active steps to avoid getting it, such as wearing masks and keeping the infected person isolated as best as possible. Or, should they all just relax and carry on as normal and take no special precautions?

 

The answer is to simply be sensible about it.  If it were me living with someone that has covid I'd work from home (as I'm lucky both have the ability to do so and also to have an employer that's OK with that) and I'd certainly avoid public places.

 

Recently I was in close contact with someone in this situation but they made us aware of it and I advised them that I'm OK with the small risk.  I then tested every day for a week after and reduced my own exposure to others.





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  #3188996 31-Jan-2024 20:54
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I was recently in a situation where my partner and my young child had Covid and I did not.  We took reasonable precautions to limit contact to try prevent me from being infected until they had cleared their isolation period as per health advice.  The fact we don't have legal requirements around isolation doesn't mean we shouldn't take reasonable steps to prevent others from getting sick - whether we're talking about everyday flu or something like Covid where there's a non-zero chance you get something that lasts for longer.


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  #3189018 31-Jan-2024 23:42
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gzt: That does not sound exactly right. I'd try talking to a specialist travel vaccinator. Other than that, worst case you'll be paying for it overseas and accepting the bad timing considering it knocks many people back a day.

 

You could have been possibly better off getting it overseas (apart from the cost) as you can get the newer version/variant.

 

Medsafe only just approved the Pfizer XBB and haven't approved the Novavax XBB yet then they have to actually purchase stock (pharmac aren't doing this until winter), distribute etc.. and of course this version is already behind JN1 anyway

 

https://pharmac.govt.nz/news-and-resources/covid19/covid-19-vaccines

 

https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/media-releases/future-supply-new-covid-19-vaccines-confirmed

 

https://esr-cri.shinyapps.io/wastewater/#region=Auckland&log_or_linear=linear&period=twelveMonthsButton

 

 

 

 


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  #3189114 1-Feb-2024 09:56
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ezbee:

 

I do know of someone who is holding back from their next vaccination.
They may need to travel and it would be ideal to get a boost a week before.

 

...

 

 

I'm well due for/entitled to my next booster.  

 

We've got an overseas holiday planned flying out at the start of June. First big overseas trip since the pandemic

 

My intention is to go and get my jab mid-April giving time for it to take effect and protecting me for a few weeks beforehand as well.  I'll also be working from home for the last week to limit my exposure, particularly steering clear of rush-hour public transport.

 

This is my rather unscientific rationale.  If anyone has any advice for or against my intentions then I'm happy to be educated.





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  #3196252 16-Feb-2024 12:11
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This guy Barry Young is truly a despicable person.

 

Covid Vaccinators personal details leaked on US blog | Stuff

 

 

A large number of Covid-19 vaccinators had their personal details posted on an American website, Te Whatu Ora has revealed.

 

Kiwis affected by the data breach by a former health worker accused of misusing data to spread misinformation about vaccines, will be contacted by Te Whatu Ora.

 

Around 12,000 people would need to be notified, Apa said, and that number could rise.

 





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  #3196253 16-Feb-2024 12:14
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Is COVID classified as endemic or pandemic now?


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