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Covid-19 Survey Report: Caring In Lockdown

by Editor

We must do more for carers. We must do better.

Carers forgotten, report finds

Almost 700 carers completed the Caring In Lockdown survey.

COVID-19 Guidance

We are regularly updating our info for carers.

COVID-19 information for family, whānau and āiga carers is available to download here. It’s a handy resource to keep close by.

Vaccine rollout plan: The COVID-19 | KOWHEORI-19 vaccine rollout plan is underway. The NZ Government, together with the Ministry of Health and Unite Against Covid-19, have released an infosheet, Covid-19 vaccine: your questions answered. Download a copy here.

Northern Region Health Coordination Centre have issued the following information:

Supporting people aged over 16 years old with disabilities, and their carers, to get their COVID-19 vaccine is a priority for the metro Auckland vaccination programme.  

Carers NZ wants to ensure that everyone knows that vaccination is FREE in New Zealand – if you are asked to pay a fee please let us know. If you need transport to a vaccination appointment, Student Volunteer Army is offering this at no cost and will wait with you while you have your vaccination, before taking you home. To learn more phone 0800 005 902 or email hello@sva.org.nz

Here’s some general information to find out when you are likely to be able to receive the vaccine. Or if you’re 16 or over, use this tool to find out if you’re in Group 1, 2, 3, or 4, which will then determine the time frame for when you are able to receive the vaccine.

These dates are estimates — the actual start times will depend on when vaccines are delivered. Changes may also happen if new information comes to hand, which affects how the rollout will work.

Trans-Tasman travel: Here’s some info on what to do before you travel between New Zealand and Australia, what happens while you’re travelling, and how to keep yourself and others safe.

Carer Support and Individualised Funding (IF)

The Disability Directorate of the Ministry of Health will continue flexibility of carer support and individualised funding for eligible people from 1 March 2021.

Carer Support is a subsidy to support full-time carers of disabled people to have a break (respite) from their caring responsibilities. Individualised Funding allows disabled people to directly manage their supports (personal cares, home management and respite).

This flexibility means that people can continue to buy the support appropriate for them within guidelines, instead of being limited by the rules on what support funding can be used for.  You can find the guidelines of what you can buy here. What People Can Buy with Disability Funding: Ministry of Health NZ | Purchasing Guidelines.

Please email customerservice@health.govt.nz or phone 0800 855 066 option 4 if you have any questions.

PPE information from the Ministry of Health: What’s important for you to know about PPE.