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Covid19 deaths and flu vaccination

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From: Vonny Marsh

Dear Ministry of Health,

Please advise, as at time of your response, how many people who died of Covid19 in NZ had received the flu shot in the months/days leading up to the date they passed away.
For the people who did receive the flu vaccination, please provide their age at date of death, and number of days prior to passing that they received the flu shot, and if they were a confirmed (via testing) or a probable covid (please clarify negative tested or not tested at all).

Furthermore, can you please provide clarity around why and how some deaths are described as covid deaths, while tested negative?

As at the date of your response, how many of NZ deaths related to covid:
-tested positive,
-how many tested negative,
-and how many were not tested at all?

Is it protocol to remove any negative tested dead from our NZ covid death stats?

Is it protocol to remove any negative tested patients from the covid stats, or do they stay as probable (due to symptoms) even if tested negative?

Are the negative tested covid deaths reported to World Health Organisation?

Yours faithfully,

Vonny Marsh

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Kia ora

Thank you for your email dated 15 May 2020 requesting the following
information under the Official Information Act 1982:

"Please advise, as at time of your response, how many people who died of
Covid19 in NZ had received the flu shot in the months/days leading up to
the date they passed away.
For the people who did receive the flu vaccination, please provide their
age at date of death, and number of days prior to passing that they
received the flu shot, and if they were a confirmed (via testing) or a
probable covid (please clarify negative tested or not tested at all).

Furthermore, can you please provide clarity around why and how some deaths
are described as covid deaths, while tested negative?

As at the date of your response, how many of NZ deaths related to covid:
-tested positive,
-how many tested negative,
-and how many were not tested at all?

Is it protocol to remove any negative tested dead from our NZ covid death
stats?

Is it protocol to remove any negative tested patients from the covid
stats, or do they stay as probable (due to symptoms) even if tested
negative?

Are the negative tested covid deaths reported to World Health
Organisation?"

The Ministry's reference number for your request is: H202003444

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Nga mihi

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