Jansen Covid – Waatea News: Maori Radio Station

Adam Gifford

Dr. Rawiri Jansen – Covid

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A reminder to track your Covid injections as the second wave of Omicron begins to bite into the healthcare system.

A reminder to track your Covid injections as the second wave of Omicron begins to bite into the healthcare system.

Rawiri Jansen of the Maori pandemic response group Uruta says that although vaccination is no longer the focus of intense media attention, Maori providers are still working hard to distribute vaccines and boosters.

Immunity wanes, and even for those who have had Covid – which accounts for up to around 40% of New Zealanders – protection only appears to last around 28 days.

Catching Covid a second time is no less serious.

“If we look at the severe Covid outcome, your risks go up if you get it a second time if you get it a third time, and I’m talking about the relatively rare but severe impact of Covid – it could be neurological conditions or cerebrovascular or cardiovascular, kidney or fatal accidents. These risks increase with reinfection,” says Dr. Jansen

The pandemic still has a way to play, so boosters are important.


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