Pop-up carpark flu vaccination clinics open

Pop-up carpark flu vaccination clinics open

25 March 2020

caption: Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Manukura Hauora CEO and Registered Nurse Riana Manuel administers a flu vaccine in the carpark at Manaia Marae on Wednesday.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki this week started pop-up, drive-through car park flu vaccination clinics in its Thames, Coromandel and Paeroa Health Centre carparks as well as in marae carparks in Manaia and Kennedy Bay.

Clinical Services Manager Taima Campbell says flu vaccinations have been available since last week in its clinics, with the pop-up clinics on Wednesday enabling them to attend to more people as vaccine supply allows. 

She says at this stage, normal flu vaccine eligibility criteria still applies – that is, patients must be enrolled Te Korowai clients, pregnant women, aged 65 years and older, children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness and those with an underlying medical condition such as respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes.

Clients still need to book for a flu vaccination at their health centre, but they can just drive in without an appointment to a pop-up clinic at the allocated times where they will be tended by a nurse and vaccinated in their cars.

“They can then park up and once they’ve done their wait time, they can drive away,” Taima says. “If they need attention they can honk their horn - they don’t need to leave their car. “

She says they are negotiating with the PHO – who are helping with distribution and access to the vaccine - to ensure a ready supply of vaccines and hope to “roll this out a bit bigger."

The flu vaccine does not cover COVID-19 but does offer protection from other influenza viruses. 

For Pop-up Clinic updates, go to FB: Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.

Meanwhile Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Clinical Manager Dr Martin Mikaere who attended suspected COVID-19 patients at the first weekend community clinic in Thames says during the times of high stress in his medical career he has seen the best and the worst of people. 

“However in regard to this situation we have seen mainly the best."

He says CEO Riana Manuel often tells kaimahi (staff) to be kind to each other, look for the best in each other and do great work, and this is especially applicable in our current situation.

“Manaakitanga, kotahitanga - extend your compassion to others and work together to get a great result,” he says.

The testing clinic at Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki is one of several that have been set up around the country under the directive of the Ministry of Health offering additional capacity to handle the influx of people that could potentially come through.

Twenty-four tests were taken over the weekend from people from all over the Coromandel Peninsula, with many expressing gratitude for both the service offered and its close location. Some were turned away because they did not meet the classification threshold for testing. 

Dr Mikaere is full of praise for everyone involved in setting up, supplying, manning and supporting the clinic, including the Hauraki PHO and Waikato DHB - who supplied their safety gear and cleaning products - and CEO Riana Manuel who volunteered to be the first nurse to work the weekend alongside himself and Clinic Administration Team Leader Stephanie Campbell.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki will continue to offer the weekend clinics until the Government declares that they can step back or it is replaced by Community Based Assessment Centres (CBACs).

“We’ll be here for our community until this is over,” he says.

Anyone who thinks they may have come into contact with COVID-19, please do not turn up at the clinic, but instead phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki FREEPHONE 0508 835 676 (0508tekorowai). This is important to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

For more information and updates on COVID-19, go to Ministry of Health website -


Current News

Doctor fears virus keeping people away

2 April 2020

By Alison Mau

Stuff - March 31

A rural GP fears people with serious medical conditions are staying away from their doctor because of coronavirus.

Dr Martin Mikaere, who works at Te Korowai clinic in Thames, says his clinic treats about 15 heart attacks a month in normal circumstances and a similar number of strokes and complications from diabetes.

However, he's concerned those people are now staying away, either from fear of coronavirus, or because they don't want to be a burden.

"Covid-19 is a problem, however the stuff we see is not going to dry up and go away. I really want people to know their GP is here, the service is the same, it just looks a little bit different," he said.

In Auckland, Waitematā District Health Board general manager of primary care Matt Hannant said it was important people still reached out to their GP for any non-coronavirus health concerns.

They should also go to the emergency department when they needed to, he said.

"Over recent days, we have seen a pattern of people presenting to EDs at a very late stage when they are seriously ill. The message we want people to hear is that it is still okay to access the hospital ED before health concerns become critical."

Mikaere is entering his fourth straight week of work without a break. His clinic has the only Covid-19 testing station on the Coromandel Peninsula and has tested about 70 people, with 10 recording positive results.

One person had been hospitalised but had since recovered, he said.

He said the nationwide lockdown had been difficult for his mostly-Māori community, especially for grieving families as most marae had closed and tangihanga were not an option for most.

New regulations for tangihanga restrict mourners to those in the deceased person's "bubble". They are permitted to attend funeral directors' premises, but if their loved one died away from home, they would have to be buried in the area they died or cremated for burial closer to home later.

"It sounds pretty heartbreaking. A lot of the time now, [people] are being buried by relative strangers," Mikaere said.

"People are saying, maybe keep your loved one at home for a couple of days. Once you send them on the embalmers, you probably can't see them again."

He said people opting to do this would need to make sure police were contacted.

Mental health was also a major concern in the lockdown, Mikaere said.

Patients with serious depression usually came to see him because "someone they're close to has identified there's a problem".

However, that was less likely to happen now because people were in close contact with fewer friends and family members, he said.

"We're encouraging people to use that 1737 national helpline number, and for people to check in on each other. Do phone a friend and do have a Zoom chat or FaceTime.

"That's how I'm doing a lot of my consultations and it's really lovely to see people's faces. It helps build the reserves that you need to get through."

See article here DR MIKAERE - STUFF


Tangihanga and Funeral guidelines

31 March 2020

COVID-19 – _Kua rāhui te motu 

Ministry of Health

Tangihanga – a need to adapt our practises during this extraordinary time. 

Bereaved families and whānau from all cultures and backgrounds will find this challenging. This makes it even more important that we show each other kindness and caring, manaakitanga and aroha.

Already iwi and hapū have been adapting tikanga and kawa to keep our people safe. This has also been extended to tangihanga.

There are now strict rules put in place during Alert Level 4 for when loved ones have passed away. These rules apply to everyone, every culture, every religion.

We support the advice and guidelines shared by Te Ropū Whakakaupapa Urutā (The National Māori Pandemic Group) on tikanga, hui and tangihanga for Alert Level 4.

This means: 

  • No public funeral services whatsoever
  • No tangihanga at our marae, funeral homes, churches and other venues
  • No private whānau tangihanga at home.

For more information, please follow this link 

Tangihanga guidelines






Health foods to boost immune system

30 March 2020

By Claire Canon – Dietitian 

The world has changed and everyone I talk to is worried about getting COVID-19, I can also see the ramp up of home remedies appearing on Facebook. 

Lets be clear everyone, garlic probably wont ward off COVID-19 like it does vampires. Washing your hands, staying away if you are sick and calling Healthline if you are worried are your first steps. In saying that, what you eat does influence your immune system and it seems prudent to have a strong one over the next while. 

Vitamin C: This helps support immunity and is present in all of your brightly coloured fruit and veggies- apples, pears, berries, greens, pumpkin, kumara, citrus, tomatoes, kiwifruit etc. Herbs are also a great source like parsley, thyme and mint. Raw is best for vitamin C, but cooked is OK too. 

Zinc: Helpful for preventing colds - this is found in red meat, shellfish, eggs, lentils, beans, chickpeas. 

Fermented foods: These keep your immune system up to date with whats going on in the world of microbes so have a bit more yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha or kefir if you can still get it.

Ginger, turmeric and garlic:  Your partner might not love you if you eat raw garlic but your immune system will. Along with ginger, garlic is very anti-microbial and immune-boosting. Go easy on the raw garlic though as it does burn a bit, maybe mix it into a dressing and make your own ginger tea by putting slices of ginger root into hot water. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice regularly used in Indian cooking

Manuka honey: Manuka honey is great for sore throats and is antimicrobial. 

So dont worry about stocking up on toilet paper next time you hit the supermarket, grab some fruit and veggies instead, fresh or frozen its all good! Be well out there. 


COVID-19 Update March 27

27 March 2020

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