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From: Veronica Rolinson

Dear Ministry of Health,
What diseases/illness exempts one from being vaccinated? Being as the comirnaty vaccines have presented with a huge range of very serious side effects ie blood clotting, myocarditis, pericarditis - are heart conditions one of the reasons for a person to be exempted from receiving the comirnaty vaccine because it brings to light medical contraindications?

So my query is, are people with heart conditions able to be exempted from taking the comirnaty vaccines? If not, can you please present me with the documentation on why the ministry has deemed taking a vaccine that has caused heart damage to be safe.

Thank you for your time,
Veronica Rolinson

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Kia ora Veronica,

 

Thank you for your email. 

 

For information regarding vaccine exemptions please refer to the following
link: [1]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise....

 

Additionally, if you have concerns regarding being vaccinated and your
health, we strongly encourage you to contact your general practitioner or
health provider. 

 

We remain confident the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and
that any risks outweigh the benefits of the protection the vaccine
provides. Like all medicines, the vaccine may cause side effects in some
people, although they are usually mild and don’t last long.   

 

Vaccines are the most powerful tool we have to protect New Zealanders from
the virus, with research showing that vaccination helps reduce
transmission. The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related,
possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems,
hospitalisation, and even death, far outweigh the potential risks of
having a rare adverse reaction to vaccination. This is why it is so
important every eligible New Zealander has the opportunity to be
vaccinated, as it protects not only the individual from COVID-19, but
vulnerable members of our community who cannot get vaccinated.   

 

For information regarding vaccination if you have a health condition
please refer to the following
link: [2]https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccine...

 

Further questions can be answered
here: [3]https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccine...

 

Information regarding the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine can be
found on the Ministry of Health website at the following links:  

o The Coronavirus Immunisation
handbook: [4]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/immu...
also provides references to scientific studies conducted regarding
COVID-19 and the vaccine.  
o The Vaccine
datasheet: [5]https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/Datash...
o Ministry webpage regarding vaccine safety and
efficacy: [6]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...

 

Furthermore, the evidence we have
here: [7]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
that vaccination reduces transmission and the severity of COVID-19 if
infected. 
  

Please refer to the vaccination stats that reinforce this:  

[8]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...

  

The Ministry also regularly updates the Science News page for up to
date information regarding COVID-19 and the
Vaccine: [9]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...

 

Given this evidence the Ministry would like to encourage as many people to
get vaccinated as possible to protect themselves and others.  

 

Under section 28(3) of the Act you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to
review any decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be
contacted by email at: [10][email address] or by calling 0800
802 602.      

  

 

Ngâ mihi

 

OIA Services Team

[11]www.health.govt.nz

[12]Ministry of Health information releases

[13]Unite against COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

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From: Veronica Rolinson <[FOI #17273 email]>
Sent: Wednesday, 20 October 2021 01:43
To: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Medical exemption from covid
vaccination

 

Dear Ministry of Health,
 What diseases/illness exempts one from being vaccinated? Being as the
comirnaty vaccines have presented with a huge range of very serious side
effects ie blood clotting, myocarditis, pericarditis - are heart
conditions one of the reasons for a person to be exempted from receiving
the comirnaty vaccine because it brings to light medical
contraindications?

So my query is, are people with heart conditions able to be exempted from
taking the comirnaty vaccines? If not, can you please present me with the
documentation on why the ministry has deemed taking a vaccine that has
caused heart damage to be safe.

Thank you for your time,
Veronica Rolinson

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From: Veronica Rolinson

Dear Minister of Health c/o OIA requests,

Thank you for your speedy reply. Unfortunately most of the links your provided have either access forbidden or sorry we can't find what you are looking for - as below.

For information regarding vaccine exemptions please refer to the following
link: [1]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise  (access forbidden)

For information regarding vaccination if you have a health condition
please refer to the following
link: [2]https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccine (access forbidden)

Further questions can be answered
here: [3]https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccine (access forbidden)

The Coronavirus Immunisation
handbook: [4]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/immu (sorry we cant find what  you are looking for)

datasheet: [5]https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/Datash (The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable)

o Ministry webpage regarding vaccine safety and
efficacy: [6]  (Sorry - we can't find what you are looking for)

Can you please find a way that I may have access so I can read the data you linked thank you.

I however was able to link to and read the Covid-19 Exemptions and exceptions from mandatory vaccination provided by you. Could you please clarify that the Minister of Health and government are now allowing me or others who fall under the criteria of vaccination contradiction(s) exemptions are now allowing people like myself, to see a suitably qualified health practitioner who considers whether vaccinations are clinically contradicted for persons such as myself and is recognition  that there are more clinically contradicted risks than anaphylaxis - due to the many serious side effects as has been recorded on the medsafe website under safety reports?

I look forward to your reply and thank you for  for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Veronica Rolinson

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Kia ora,

 

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Kia ora Veronica,

 

Thank you for your request for official information. The Ministry's
reference number for your request is: H202115137

 

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Ministry will
endeavour to respond to your request no later than 20 working days after
the day your request was received. If you'd like to calculate the
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If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

 

Ngā mihi

 

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Ministry of Health

E: [2][email address]

 

 

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Kia ora Veronica

 

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the
Act) to the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) on 28 October 2021 for: 

 

“Could you please clarify that the Minister of Health and government are
now allowing me or others who fall under the criteria of vaccination
contradiction(s) exemptions are now allowing people like myself, to see a
suitably qualified health practitioner who considers whether vaccinations
are clinically contradicted for persons such as myself and is recognition
that there are more clinically contradicted risks than anaphylaxis - due
to the many serious side effects as has been recorded on the medsafe
website under safety reports? 

 

Conditions, such as anaphylaxis, active COVID-19 infection and specific
heart conditions are considered contraindications for COVID-19 vaccination
and are therefore eligible for medical exemptions.  

More information on vaccine exemptions is available on the Ministry’s
website More information can be found here:
[1]www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-response-planning/covid-19-mandatory-vaccinations/covid-19-exemptions-mandatory-vaccination#temp-exempt. 

 

Under section 28(3) of the Act you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to
review any decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be
contacted by email at: [2][email address] or by calling 0800
802 602. 

 

Ngâ mihi    

     

OIA Services Team    

[3]Ministry of Health information releases    

[4]Unite against COVID-19    

     

 

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From: Veronica Rolinson

Dear OIA Requests C/O The Ministry of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

Thank you for your reply.

I see that Ashley Bloomfied recently announced a warning regarding pericarditis and myocardits post vaccinations. Will the Ministry of Health and Director Ashley Bloomfield be allowing individual exemptions from being vaccinated with the first dose if you already suffer from a heart condition and are unvaccinated?

Thank you for your time.
Veronica Rolinson

Yours sincerely,

Veronica Rolinson

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Kia ora,

 

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Kia ora Veronica,

 

Thank you for your follow up email. All exemptions are granted on an
individual basis. 

 

Please refer to the following link for
information: [1]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise....
The Vaccine Temporary Medical Exemption Clinical Criteria, Clinical
Guidance and Resources document sets out the specified exemption criteria
that must be met to apply for an exemption.

 

While the Comirnaty vaccine continues to be the primary vaccine used in
New Zealand, from 29 November 2021 the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has
been made available for people aged 18 and older who cannot receive the
Pfizer vaccine, and for those who would like a
different option. Information about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine,
including how to book, potential side effects and eligibility is available
here: [2]www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-health-advice/covid-19-getting-other-vaccines/covid-19-astrazeneca-vaccines. 

 

Under section 28(3) of the Act you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to
review any decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be
contacted by email at: [3][email address] or by calling 0800
802 602. 

 

Ngā mihi 

OIA Services Team 

  

[4]Ministry of Health information releases 

[5]Unite against COVID-19 

 

 

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