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Health ministry is considering vaccinating children aged 12 to 15 with Pfizer

Monday 2 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

After vaccinating more than 90 per cent of Cook Islands’ eligible population, Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health is exploring ways to get approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to be given to 12 to 15-year-olds.

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96 per cent fully jabbed

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

The rollout for the first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine is complete and the second dose is nearing completion.

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Reaching herd immunity ‘is no guarantee’

Wednesday 21 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

New variants of the Covid-19 virus will make it hard for countries like Cook Islands to achieve herd immunity, says a leading Pacific health expert.

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Two new dengue cases

Tuesday 20 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National

Two probable cases of dengue fever have been reported in Rarotonga in the past week bringing the total hospitalisations to 60 during the past six months.

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Government preparing response to ‘RSV’ virus affecting Kiwi kids

Wednesday 14 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National

As government prepares its response to a respiratory virus that’s putting Kiwi children at risk, questions have been raised after a Health Ministry social media post related to the outbreak was deleted when a senior official said he was not consulted on the matter.

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100 per cent first dose for Pukapuka, Nassau

Monday 12 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

The Covid-19 vaccination programme in the northern group islands have kicked off with 100 per cent turnouts.

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Hard work pays off for 13 health protection officers

Saturday 10 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Health, National

After three years of study and hard work, 13 new Te Marae Ora health workers graduated yesterday and received their warrant of appointment as health protection law enforcement officers.

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Contact tracing drive continues

Saturday 10 July 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce, which has led the development of the country’s two main contact tracing systems, says downloads of the contact tracing smartphone app are increasing along with the number of registered CookSafe QR cardholders.

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Dengue cases drop on Rarotonga and Pa Enua

Wednesday 7 July 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National

Cases of Dengue fever in Rarotonga and the Pa Enua have nearly flattened as public health officials get a leg up on the outbreak.

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9221 Cook Islands residents fully vaccinated

Tuesday 29 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Mauke’s first vaccination rollout is complete, with its entire eligible population of 194 getting the first dose.

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Passengers offloaded ‘in error’

Friday 25 June 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health has apologised to passengers who were off loaded in error on an Air New Zealand flight to Rarotonga Wednesday.

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Cooks to consider proof of Covid-19 vaccination

Tuesday 22 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Tourists from countries with high cases of Covid-19 may need a proof of vaccination to visit the Cook Islands in the future.

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222 no shows for second Covid-19 jab

Monday 21 June 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

More than 200 Rarotonga residents who received their first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine three weeks ago, did not return for their second jab.

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Health ministry's proof of vaccination fees discussed in Parliament

Thursday 17 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health has proposed a $50 fee for a vaccination ID card and $15 fee for a vaccination certificate, as a form of proof a person is vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Vaccination rollout slowing down, TMO figures show

Wednesday 16 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National

Previous enthusiasm by Rarotonga residents eager to accept their first shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine has appeared to have subsided as round two numbers are tracking behind schedule.

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Dengue fever cases plummet

Wednesday 16 June 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National

No new cases of dengue fever were recorded by Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health during a one week period this month, indicating progress in battling the mosquito-borne virus.

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Only a matter of time before full vaccination required to travel, health secretary says

Tuesday 15 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

“Read the writing on the wall,” says the Cook Islands Secretary of Health, cautioning people if they don’t get vaccinated against Covid-19 they probably won’t be able to travel overseas.

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4252 residents fully vaccinated

Monday 14 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

For Cook Islanders who missed their first Covid-19 shot, a separate vaccination programme is being finalised but if people miss out this time there is no guarantee they will be able to get the vaccine.

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$500 for lying about Covid

Friday 11 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, Health

A Cook Islands man with a historical Covid-19 test charged with making a false declaration on a travel document gets slap on the wrist fine and name suppression.

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Vaccination appointment slipup leads to ministry apology

Thursday 10 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Te Marea Ora Ministry of Health has asked those waiting for their second Covid-19 vaccination to refer to a schedule on the Ministry’s Facebook page to confirm appointment times.

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