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Covid-19 public health measures

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From: Andrew Riddell

Kia ora Te Whatu Ora,

Public health measures to reduce the risk and spread of covid-19 has included free Rapid Antigen Tests, masks, vaccination, wastewater testing, monitoring and assessing long covid-19 cases, and regular reporting of covid-19 cases.

It is unclear from the Budget 2024 documents whether these ('front line') public health measures are going to continue.

Please advise what decisions have been made about continuing to provide free Rapid Antigen Tests, masks, vaccinations, wastewater testing, monitoring and assessing long covid-19 cases, and regular reporting of covid-19 cases.

Include copies of the assessments/briefings/reports to the Minister of Health on the future of covid-19 public health measures made this year.

Thank you

Andrew Riddell

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Kia ora  Andrew,
 
Thank you for your request on 4 June 2024 asking for the following
information:
 
Public health measures to reduce the risk and spread of covid-19 has
included free Rapid Antigen Tests, masks, vaccination, wastewater testing,
monitoring and assessing long covid-19 cases, and regular reporting of
covid-19 cases.
It is unclear from the Budget 2024 documents whether these ('front line')
public health measures are going to continue.
Please advise what decisions have been made about continuing to provide
free Rapid Antigen Tests, masks, vaccinations, wastewater testing,
monitoring and assessing long covid-19 cases, and regular reporting of
covid-19 cases.
Include copies of the assessments/briefings/reports to the Minister of
Health on the future of covid-19 public health measures made this year.
 
Your request for the above highlighted part asks for information which is
more closely aligned with the functions of the Ministry of Health - Manatū
Hauora. For this reason, Health New Zealand has decided to transfer this
part of your request to the Ministry of Health under section 14(b)(ii) of
the Act.  You can expect a response from the Ministry of Health in due
course.
 
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: [1][email address] or by calling 0800
802 602. If you have any queries related to this request, please do not
hesitate to get in touch.  
 
Ngā mihi  
 
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Kia ora Andrew 

  

Thank you for your request for official information. The reference number
for your request is: H2024044578

 

       Include copies of the assessments/briefings/reports to the Minister
of Health on the future of covid-19 public health measures made this year.

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, Manatū Hauora 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
timeframe, you can use the Ombudsman's online calculator
here: [1]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/  

  

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact the OIA Services Team
on [2][email address]. If any additional factors come to light which
are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that
these can be taken into account.  

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 

 

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Kia ora Andrew, 
 
Thank you for your request for information regarding Covid-19 public
health measures on 4 June 2024. Please find attached our response to your
request.
 
If you have any questions, please get in touch at
[1][email address].
 
If you are not happy with this response, you have the right to make a
complaint to the Ombudsman. Information about how to do this is available
at [2]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or by phoning 0800 802 602.
 
Ngā mihi  
 
Obaid (He/him)
Government Services
Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora
TeWhatuOra.govt.nz
 
 
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The part of the request relating to briefings etc to the Minister of Health is still to be answered.

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Kia ora Andrew,

 

Please see attached a response to your request for official information.

 

Ngā mihi 

  

 

OIA Services Team

Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health

M[1]inistry of Health information releases 
U[2]nite against COVID-19 

 

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From: Andrew Riddell

Dear Te Whatu Ora OIA Requests,

Thanks for the reply.

It would be useful (and good practice) if you include a date when this information will be pro-actively released. Otherwise it can drag on and on.

Ngā mihi

Andrew Riddell

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Kia ora Andrew,
Thank you for your email.
The Ministry expects to publish these documents on our website within the
next 6-8 weeks. Further information on section 18(d) of the Act, is
available on the Ombudsman's website at:
[1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/sites/default/files/2019-08/Publicly%20available%20information%20August%202019.pdf. 

Ngā mihi 

  

OIA Services Team

Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health

M[2]inistry of Health information releases 
U[3]nite against COVID-19 

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From: Andrew Riddell <[FOI #27113 email]>
Sent: Monday, 15 July 2024 12:23
To: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Response to your request for official information, ref:
H2024044578
 
Dear Te Whatu Ora OIA Requests,

Thanks for the reply.

It would be useful (and good practice) if you include a date when this
information will be pro-actively released. Otherwise it can drag on and
on.

Ngā mihi

Andrew Riddell

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