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Boosters Ready Now

The best thing we can do to be prepared for Omicron is to get a booster. People who have had a booster are much less likely to require hospital care if they catch COVID-19. Around 56 percent of those eligible for a booster already have one, but we need to get that number higher. If it has been four months since your second shot, please go to to make a booking or walk-in to a vaccination centre.

Additionally, for those of you with tamariki, all children aged 5 to 11 can now be vaccinated and parents and caregivers should seek out information to help them make that decision. Already around 20 percent of children aged 5-11 have been vaccinated or are booked to do so.

Finally, whānau you need to make sure you are prepared for a period of isolation at home in the event they catch COVID-19, or they are a close contact. Picking up some key supplies now and making sure you have a buddy who can deliver anything else you need while you’re isolating is a good idea. Information on how to make a plan for if you or a member of your household catches COVID-19 is available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 Testing Centres in the Bay of Plenty

Please select a location below for information, or find your nearest COVID-19 vaccination site at

1176 Cameron Road COVID-19 testing centre, Gate Pa
RATs pick up from 100 First Ave, 10am to 2pm.

PCR tests available at Pathlab Portacom 2, Cameron Road, from 10am to 2pm.

45 Pine Drive, Murupara
Drive through
Mon-Fri: 9.30am-2.30pm

Te Awanui Hauora
Mon, Wed, Fri: 10am-12pm

Will test on demand outside of these hours, please ring the Hauora beforehand.