IMPORTANT INFORMATION - COVID-19
Tapuika Iwi Authority (TIA) COVID-19 Update
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Please find below Important information regarding managing COVID-19 in our community. You will find links to key factsheets on the right.
If you or one of your whānau members feel unwell or have been in contact with someone asked to have a test, don't wait to to be notified, go and get a test. Both Ngā Kākano Foundation and Poutiri Wellness Centre are offering testing during business hours (8am - 5pm). There will also soon be a pop up drive through testing station in Te Puke - a full list of available testing locations can also be found here: Te Puke Testing Sites Or call NZ Covid 19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any other concerns.
Please remember if you are getting tested, even if just precautionary, Its important to act as if you are infected, and to maintain social distancing, use of masks, sanitizer and other good hygiene practices to reduce risk of infection, especially to vunerable whānau. Avoid face to face hui and gathering with others at this time.
Vaccination still remains the best form of protection. Both Ngā Kākano Foundation and Poutiri Wellness Centre offer vaccinations as to many other places locally. No appointment needed. A full list can be found here: Te Puke Vaccine Sites. Please note, if you are in isolation because you are a close contact or because you have covid you must stay in isolation and only get the vaccine when your isolation time is over and you test negative or if you have had covid, when advised by your healthcare professional that it is safe to do so.
You may still have concerns about the vaccine. This is understandable. This is the first time in a generation that we have dealt with a pandemic of a global scale like Covid-19. There is is a wealth of information available, unfortunately not all of it is credible. TIA will continue to work with our local Hauora providers & others to provide as much up to date and relevant credible information as possible. We will keep updating the links below and also utilize both our Facebook page and internal Iwi Facebook group to keep Whānau informed as the situation unfolds.
Please make sure you are a member of our group and follow our page.
Keep well whānau. To our community support & health workforce, Kia Kaha. We are behind you and here to tautoko.