Our team are 100% vaccinated
- By Ormiston Medical
- September 27, 2021 9:41 pm
Proud to have fully vaccinated staff
We hit a great milestone of getting our team 100% Vaccinated for Covid-19 this week. We’ve been encouraging our South Auckland communities to get vaccinated to build their immunity. It’s important to us that we lead from the front. So, all of our staff at our clinics have prioritised getting their second jabs, so we are fully Covid-19 vaccinated.
We’re committed to 100% team Vaccination across our clinics
Our sister clinics, Botany Junction & Highbrook Medical, and the team at Ormiston Medical are committed to maintaining our 100% team vaccination rate. Firstly, this means that we now have another way of protecting not just ourselves and our families, but also all of our community when they come to see us at any of our clinics. We will continue with all the other good ways of protecting you. This includes wearing gowns and masks and washing or sanitizing our hands. We’ll ask you to scan in with the Covid Tracer, wear a mask and keep two meters from other people while visiting the clinic.
Secondly, we would love to ask you to join us to achieve another very important goal. Please help us make this happen.
Helping Aotearoa achieve a high goal too
We want to vaccinate as many people in our community as are able to have the vaccine. That is all of you over the age of 12 years! It’s a big target, but a very important one to reach.
It’s really important because if you’ve had both doses of the vaccine are much less likely to get very sick or be hospitalised if you do get Covid-19. Also, when more of us are vaccinated, it will be harder for the disease to spread.
Most importantly, by having the Covid vaccination you can protect your whole family. This includes those children under the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated yet but can still get sick. We know that Delta can affect all ages, so the best way to protect everyone from getting ill – from little babies to elderly – is to vaccinate.
Also, because our team are 100% vaccinated, we can give extra protection to our kuia and koroua and people with long-term illnesses like diabetes, who are more at risk if they do get sick. Protecting our loved ones and our neighbourhood is a team effort.
Still unsure about having the vaccine?
This is something we can achieve if we all get on board. But, if you are still a little unsure about having the vaccine, please ring to talk with us. Our team speak many different languages and we are happy to listen to your questions. We can help you make sense of any confusing things you may have heard on social media or from friends. We are very open to hearing your worries. We’re sharing the content we think you need to know on our Facebook page, so follow us there for updates.
Staying focused on moving to Level 2
Remember, if you have even the slightest sore throat or runny nose call us to get tested for Covid 19. We’ve done great work as a community in the last weeks. Keep your bubble small, shop and exercise locally, scan in and wear a mask.
Most important of all, come to get a vaccination. Reach out to all your family and friends to help them feel comfortable about coming for a vaccination too. It is really our best way back to a more normal way of living, returning to work, attending activities, events and rejoining the community activities that we all love.
Finally, we want to extend our gratitude to our amazing staff for standing together in this goal of having our team 100% vaccinated. It’s no mean feat getting everyone onboard across 3 clinics, so we feel privileged to work with a team who stands behind each other in all aspects of their work.
Lockdown Covid-19 Questions Answered
- By Ormiston Medical
- August 18, 2021 5:53 pm
As we go into Alert Level 4 Covid Lockdown we’ve had lots of questions. It’s normal to feel anxious and feel uncertain at times like this, and we’re happy to help you to understand by answering some frequently asked Lockdown Covid-19 questions.
The recent community outbreak of COVID-19 is a timely reminder that we are still battling against a global pandemic. The new Delta variant is more virulent, and this means that it can spread more easily from person to person.
Our team is proud to support the community by taking part in the vaccination campaign. We are now vaccinating anyone aged 40+. People aged 30+ can be vaccinated from 25 August onwards and anyone aged 16+ from 1 September.
You can book an appointment to have your Covid-19 vaccine at Ormiston Medical here. Select Ormiston by adding the following code: KDE8ZFQ93D .
Meanwhile, here’s the information on common Lockdown Covid-19 questions.
What do I need to know about the Delta Covid Variant?
Several cases of Covid 19 have been detected in the community and this outbreak is different from last time as it is of the Delta variant, which is very easily passed on. This is because it is more contagious than other variants. Symptoms can be more serious and there is a higher risk of hospitalisation. Keep up great hand hygiene, get a Covid Swab if you have symptoms and most importantly get fully vaccinated. This gives you a high degree of protection, especially if you’ve had 2 doses.
If I have had two doses of the Covid vaccination, can I still get Covid 19?
Fully vaccinated people are less likely to become infected, however, it is still possible for some vaccinated people to catch Covid 19, especially this Delta variant.
It is also possible for vaccinated people to pass on the infection, so it is really important for you to follow the advice given to all people at Level 4.
Research from the UK shows that having two doses of the Pfizer vaccine gives 96% protection against a person needing hospital admission. (1) Being fully immunized against Covid-19 also provides a high level of protection against severe illness from the new Delta variant.
What happens if I have only had a first dose of the Covid Vaccination?
This will not give you the degree of protection that you need to fight Covid 19 if you do become infected. It is really important to get your second dose of the vaccine. From 19th August vaccination centres will again be open for vaccinations. If you are booked for a vaccine please do attend your appointment. We have been working to make this a safe environment for you and for our staff. We will contact you if we need to change your appointment. If you need to make your 2nd vaccination time, call us or use the new National Booking System.
What should I do if I have not had a Vaccination yet?
You might be wondering, should I bother to get a vaccination if it does not guarantee that I will not get infected or be able to spread Covid 19?
Apart from maintaining good hand hygiene, staying at home if you have any respiratory symptoms and getting tested; one of the most important things that you can do is to get vaccinated when offered.
Covid Vaccination is our best defence against not getting a severe illness or dying from Covid 19. It is also the best way we can protect our whānau and our community.
If you are in an eligible age band, that is all people 40 and over, phone one of our clinics now to book a Vaccination now.
New Zealand has secured enough Pfizer vaccines to give everyone over the age of 16 years the recommended two doses. Whilst you can still get Covid-19 when fully vaccinated, you are likely to get much milder symptoms.
How can I protect myself from Covid and keep whānau safe:
- Stay at home as much as possible, unless you are:
– exercising in your neighbourhood,
– going food shopping, to the chemist, petrol station
– going for a Covid Vaccination or Covid test.
- Wear a mask when you leave home and keep a distance of 2 meters from other people
- Use hand sanitiser or wash and dry your hands often.
- Use the Covid Tracer App at all places that you visit
- Clean all high touch surfaces regularly
If you are fully vaccinated, your immune system is prepared to fight the virus and you have far less risk of becoming seriously ill or dying if you do become infected.
Can I see the doctor about other health complaints of illness?
Remember it is safe for you to come into our clinic, but please phone ahead if are seeking treatment you think you have been exposed to Covid 19, or if you have respiratory symptoms or a cold or flu-like illness.
Our most important message to all our patients is DO NOT DELAY MEDICAL TREATMENT. If you are ill with non- Covid symptoms or need to see a doctor, please seek advice. Give us a call to book an online consultation, or if you need to be seen in person this can be safely arranged. Prescriptions can be ordered using our Patient Portal. In an emergency dial 111. We are here to answer your Lockdown Covid-19 questions.
Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout
- By Ormiston Medical
- May 12, 2021 3:29 am
The team at Ormiston Medical is very excited to announce that we are opening our COVID-19 vaccination clinic next week, for our registered patients by appointment only.
We are proud to be amongst the first GP clinics to start rolling out the vaccinations to East and South Auckland Primary Care patients.
From next Monday 17th May, our team will start vaccinating, by booked appointment only, the following people as per MoH guidelines:
- East and South Auckland people who are aged 65 and over
- Māori and Pacific people older than 55 years.
We’ll be keeping you updated as soon as we know more about when we can open vaccinations to the general populations.
Please note that you may also receive a message from Counties Manukau DHB inviting you to attend one of the mass vaccination sites for your vaccine.
You can choose where you receive your vaccination, the most important thing is to get it done.
Please keep a lookout on the government Covid website for updated information
What do I need to do to get a Covid vaccine?
We will contact you to make an appointment when you are eligible for your Covid vaccine.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, you are required to have an appointment. You can contact one of our Customer Service team members on 09 265 1325 to book a time that is convenient for you.
Given the Ministry of Health Administration process required and after vaccine observation time necessary, we recommend that you allow up to an hour for this appointment to be completed.
How do I prepare for the vaccine?
If you have had another vaccination recently, such as the flu or a Tetanus vaccination please make sure you wait 2 weeks before getting the COVID-19 Vaccination. If you have had the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine you will need to wait 4 weeks until you can have your Covid vaccine.
No other preparation is required but, as usual, only come into the clinic when you have no covid related symptoms.
Which Vaccine will I get?
In New Zealand, we have access to the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine. The shot is given in the muscle of the upper arm. The clinical trials performed on the Pfizer vaccine show it’s approximately 95% effective against symptomatic COVID-19, seven days after receiving two doses.
When will I get my second dose?
The second dose must be at least 21 days following your first dose. We will discuss your vaccination schedule during your appointment and book another appointment.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
We recommend that you bring a water bottle and something to read/do during your observation time.
What else should we be doing?
Vaccines are just one part of our strategy to keep COVID-19 out of New Zealand. We need to keep washing our hands, staying home if we’re unwell and using the COVID Tracer App or keeping a record of where we’ve been. Testing for Covid will be an important ongoing part of keeping Aotearoa safe.
Is the COVID-19 Vaccination Safe?
Medsafe have a great resource here about their vaccine assessment and approval process.
No vaccine will be made available for public use in New Zealand until Medsafe complete their assessment and it’s been approved.
Read more about the safety of the Vaccine at the MOH site.
Will there be side effects?
Like all medicines, the vaccine may cause side effects in some people. Most side effects are mild and don’t last long. The shot may cause temporary pain, redness, and swelling at the site of the injection.
Find out more about side effects
What is New Zealand’s MOH Vaccination Plan?
- to put safety first with all COVID-19 vaccines
- secure enough safe and effective vaccines to protect Aotearoa and the Pacific
- protect Māori, Pacific peoples, and other groups at greater risk of COVID-19
- make it easy for people to get vaccinated
- ensure we are prepared for future outbreaks
- support New Zealand’s contribution to global wellbeing.
If you have further questions, or to book an appointment, please call us on 09 235 1325.
If you would like to find out more about becoming an enrolled patient at our clinic.
We are open!
- By Ormiston Medical
- March 15, 2021 8:00 am
Welcome to Ormiston Medical Centre. We are delighted to announce the opening of our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility. You’ll know our sister clinic, Botany Junction Medical.
We provide outstanding low cost health care for the East Auckland community. We’re currently enrolling new patients at our modern medical centre, where we provide high-quality health care, cost-effective pricing and a friendly atmosphere.
We’d like to extend a special welcome to the patients of Somerville and Highgate Medical clinics. Your normal Clinical teams are looking forward to caring for you here soon.