Covid-19 vaccination update

October 29th, 2021

There is a lot going on at the moment and we appreciate that it is a stressful time for many of our patients.  

COVID-19 vaccinations at Silverstream Health Centre

We are proud to be a COVID-19 vaccination centre and have received positive feedback from many of our patients who otherwise were uncertain about having the vaccine. If you are yet to have your vaccination or if you are due your second vaccination you can book it at the practice by contacting our reception team. 

If you would like further information about the vaccination we can recommend the Ministry of Health website as a source of reliable information HERE.

Third dose vaccination eligibility

The Ministry of Health recently announced that patients who are severely immunocompromised should receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We are currently working through the eligibility criteria and will be contacting all of our eligible patients over the next few weeks. For more information, please follow the link below. 

We are still awaiting guidance from the Ministry of Health about booster vaccinations for the general population. At this stage, booster vaccinations are not available for any patients across New Zealand. 

More information HERE.

Vaccine exemption certificate

We are still awaiting guidance from the Ministry of Health about vaccine exemption certification to ensure that any certification provided is robust and accurate for our patients. This is taking some time by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners have provided the following guidance: 

While the formalised process and criteria are agreed and set up, we suggest that RNZCGP members can state that from what we know so far the following are the likely criteria that are exempt: 

  • Anaphylaxis to the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 
  • Known severe allergy to the excipients of the COVID-19 vaccine 
  • Acute decompensated heart failure 
  • Inflammatory cardiac illness within the past 6 months 
    • Myocarditis 
    • Pericarditis 
    • Endocarditis 
    • Acute rheumatic fever 
    • Acute rheumatic heart disease. 

(This has not been confirmed by the advisory group yet and may change)