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Wednesday 2 February 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National
Secretary of Health Bob Williams. PHOTO: KATRINA LINTONBON/21012914
Te Marae Ora, Ministry of Health boss Bob
Williams said high-risk people which includes the unvaccinated, will be
identified and monitored separately to ensure they are protected as best as
these people are managed properly when there is a case, the chances of them making
it to the hospital is very small,” he said.
management of high-risk people includes daily phone consultations, mobile security, Puna community
support, and nurse or doctor visits if required, said Williams.
The flag system that was established in
March 2020 will be used to identify those at high-risk with an orange flag
posted outside their property for awareness.
High-risk could mean someone with a
non-communicable disease, underlying health issues, elderly or unvaccinated.
Williams hopes the mitigation strategy
will avoid high-risk people going to hospital.
He said if people who are unvaccinated do
not want to be managed separately from the rest of the population it was their
own personal choice.
Williams said the risk of Covid-19 entering
the country has been here since the borders opened.
“We are expecting it, it's just timing when,” he said.
“We have been grateful that for over two weeks now we haven't
Williams said the ministry of health had already identified
close contacts from New Zealand who all returned negative results.