Health Advice Provided to Public and Advice provided to Health Sector Ref Spokesperson comment in STUFF.

M. Fitzgibbon made this Official Information request to Health New Zealand

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From: M. Fitzgibbon

Dear Health New Zealand,

A recent Stuff Article quoted a Health NZ spokesperson. See quote from the article below:
"A Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand spokesperson said whilst it was sorry to hear of the severe medical event, for the vast majority of people the Covid-19 vaccines used in New Zealand remained very effective in preventing severe illness that might result in hospitalisation or death.

“While we do not hold specific data in this case, Health NZ continues to monitor vaccine effectiveness and safety is in line with international research and routinely updates its public and health sector advice on potential reactions and adverse events accordingly,” they said."
STUFF, 23-year-old has rare Covid-19 induced heart attack
Reporter Laura Hooper 11:03, Jul 10 2022.

The questions below are in relation to the comments made by the Health NZ Spokesperson quoted in the above article.

Please provide answers to the below questions.

1. What specific advice is provided to the public by you (The collective "We" that the Spokesperson refers to in the STUFF quote), in relation to this COVID-19 Vaccine effectiveness and safety? (This question is not about general comments on vaccine safety and effectiveness but rather about the specific advise such as but not limited to Health warnings, lists of known adverse events, potentials adverse events liked to the vaccine, advice on when to seek medical advice from a doctor etc).
2. Where can this advice be found? Please provide links, (and a list of that specific advice if the links include unrelated content/advice/information)?
3. What specific advice is provided to health authorities? Please provide links, (and a list of that specific advice if the links include unrelated content/advice/information)?
4. Where can advice be found, if publicly available, if not publicly accessible provide the current advice?
5. Please provide a list of ALL the health sector authorities and other organisations that receive this advice. If they do not all get the same advice then what advice do they each receive?

Yours faithfully,

M. Fitzgibbon

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From: M. Fitzgibbon

Dear Health New Zealand,

I am writing to follow up on my OIA request sent to you on 11July 22.

"Health Advice Provided to Public and Advice provided to Health Sector Ref Spokesperson comment in STUFF."

I have received an automatic reply from you stating that you have received it, but have not received an answer.
By law your response was due by 08 Aug and is now overdue.

Yours faithfully,

M. Fitzgibbon

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From: Info MOH
Health New Zealand

This is an auto-reply to acknowledge the receipt of your email.

Our standard hours are 7am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Need medical help? Call Healthline 0800 611 116 (or in an emergency dial
111)
Need to talk? Call or text 1737
To find more about the Ministry, please visit our website:
[1]www.health.govt.nz
If you have any health related concerns about COVID-19 or have symptoms of
COVID-19, please ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453
For information and the latest updates about COVID-19 please visit:
[2]https://covid19.govt.nz/

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