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Final preparations to ensure Phase 1 of the vaccination rollout is ready to go

A dry run of the end-to-end process shows New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is ready to roll from Saturday, when the first border workers will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

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Alert Level 3 in Auckland and Alert Level 2 for rest of country

A student at Papatoetoe High School and her parents have tested positive for COVID-19. New Zealand’s COVID response has swung swiftly into action.

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New digital technology grants open to schools and kura

The new Education Gazette | Blue Star technology grant has been launched in 2021 as part of the Gazette’s centenary celebrations, giving schools and kura the chance to win one of $2,500 grants to support digital technology learning.

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Two border-related COVID-19 cases confirmed

Two cases who completed their managed isolation in the same facility and at the same time as the Northland case are now confirmed COVID-19 infections.

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Free Meningococcal vaccine for school boarders and tertiary students in halls

PHARMAC, Te Pātaka Whaioranga has announced that anyone aged 13 to 25 years who lives in boarding school hostels, tertiary education halls of residence or military barracks is eligible to receive the meningococcal ACWY vaccine free of charge, until 30 November 2021.

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Probable case of COVID-19 in a returnee

The Ministry of Health is investigating a positive test result in a person who recently travelled from overseas and completed their stay in managed isolation in a facility in Auckland.
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Aotearoa Bike Challenge returns

Teachers and staff looking to get fit and healthy in 2021? The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that’s all about seeing which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more.

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Pre-departure testing is extending to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands.

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Supporting seniors to embrace technology

The Government’s investment in digital literacy training for seniors has led to more than 250 people participating so far, helping them stay connected. The Wellbeing Budget in 2019 provided $600,000 to deliver computer training and skills for people who need it. The funding has been used to contribute to Programmes such as Pacific Senior CONNECT and Better Digital Futures that are upskilling people across the country.

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Border controls have been further tightened in light of the new variants of COVID-19. An additional test for COVID-19 will be required for returnees from higher risk countries such as the United Kingdom on their arrival in New Zealand from midnight on 31 December.

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