Why we’re in Alert Level 4
There is never a silly question – thank you for this one. There is a very useful article by Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris in The Spinoff that provides the science and evidence in simple terms behind the shift to Alert Level 4. There is also a visual reminder of the symptoms to look out for and seek advice about getting tested.

Remember: it isn’t just cold and flu symptoms that we need to seek advice from Healthline about.

Testing for COVID-19
Please go and get tested if you or any member of your whanau are experiencing any symptoms (illustrated above) that may relate to COVID-19. Early identification of cases is crucial – and testing does that for us. You can find your nearest testing station here.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for 12 to 15-year-olds
The Government has approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds in New Zealand, following Medsafe’s provisional approval in June.

From Friday 20 August, as you become eligible to book in to get a vaccination, you can also book a vaccination for any 12 to 15-year-olds in you whānau.