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COVID-19 Vaccination Programme & Acting DCE, Partnering For Outcomes

April 23, 2021 at 1:14 PM

From Oranga Tamariki

Kia Ora

COVID-19 vaccination programme

We wanted to provide you with an update on the planning work we are doing to support the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, which is gathering momentum.

We have been working with the Ministry of Health to clarify who is eligible for priority access to the vaccine, not just within Oranga Tamariki but also within the partner agencies that support our care of tamariki and rangatahi.

We now understand that the below groups at Oranga Tamariki and our partner agencies will have priority access (Tier 2 B). This includes:

  • Any frontline kaimahi that works directly with whānau, tamariki, rangatahi and caregivers.
  • Any caregiver providing care in a group setting or where different tamariki come and go regularly – for example family homes and emergency care.
  • Rangatahi 16 years or older who are in a Youth Justice or Care & protection residence.

We will be working with the Ministry of Health and district health boards (DHBs) to co-ordinate access to the vaccine for our kaimahi. You will need to contact the district health board in your area to confirm eligibility for priority access and to manage logistics. Attached is a list of contacts for each DHB area if you do not already have your own.

Please do not hesitate to contact PFO if you have any questions specific to Oranga Tamariki. But any enquiries regarding priority access and the vaccination programme itself should be directed to the district health board in your area.

Information on how the vaccine was approved and potential side effects is available on the Covid19 website. The Ministry of Health website is another reliable source of official information. Please ensure you and your kaimahi remain vigilant and practise good hygiene, stay home if you’re unwell, keep track of where you’ve been, and wear a face mask on public transport.

Acting Deputy Chief Executive arrangements for Partnering for Outcomes

You will have seen in our last update that Celia Patrick is finishing as our Deputy Chief Executive of Partnering for Outcomes on Friday 23 April.  We would like to let you know that Rachel Jones has been appointed as Acting Deputy Chief Executive on a six-month secondment from Te Puni Kōkiri, commencing Monday 10 May.  Rachel is a long-serving public servant having served nine Ministers of Māori Affairs and Māori Development and five Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executives.  Rachel is currently the Regional Director for Waikato-Waiariki. Until Rachel joins us, Joe Fowler will act in the role from 23 April to 10 May.

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