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Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for Sunday September 26, by Madeleine Chapman. Get in touch on info@thespinoff.co.nzThanks for your company today. All our coverage of the Covid response is made possible thanks to Members’ contributions. Help keep the show on the road by joining today.The day ahead There is no scheduled press conference today. […]

Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for Sunday September 26, by Madeleine Chapman. Get in touch on info@thespinoff.co.nz

Thanks for your company today. All our coverage of the Covid response is made possible thanks to Members’ contributions. Help keep the show on the road by joining today.


The day ahead

8.00am: MIQ lottery system “a national embarrassment”, says Sir John Key

The former prime minister has spoken. In an opinion piece published by both Stuff and NZ Herald (incredible reach, who will get your click?), Sir John Key has criticised the government’s Covid-19 response and provided a list of ways it could be improved. In particular, Key labels the MIQ lottery system “a national embarrassment” and calls the decision to keep borders closed “the North Korea option”. Included in his list of ideas is a cash incentive for young people getting vaccinated, financial incentives for Māori and Pacific health providers for every person they get vaccinated, and only allowing vaccinated people into licensed premises. As part of that last idea, Key suggests “maybe park the Shot Bro bus outside a few nightclubs as an incentive”. Two-for-one shots, baby.

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7.30am: Who can’t get the Covid-19 vaccine?

Turns out, there aren’t many people who are advised not to get the Covid-19 vaccine, but many are unsure exactly who those people are. Mirjam Geugsen has helpfully written a clear explainer outlining common questions and concerns about eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine (the only one being administered here in New Zealand). Have a read and share with anyone who may be unsure. Quick disclaimer: we’re not doctors. Consult your GP or Healthline for any specific medical advice.

From the piece:

Can I get vaccinated if I’m immunocompromised?

Yup. Immunocompromised people are at a higher risk of getting a serious infection if they’re around the Covid-19 virus, and vaccination can protect against that.

But your body might not be as good at building that immune response as someone with a tip-top immune system. 

That includes people who got an organ transplant or are getting some treatment that suppresses their immune system. 

The Ministry of Health recommends getting vaccinated before starting any immunosuppression but you can get vaccinated at any stage of treatment and shouldn’t hold off on getting treated. The ministry recommends discussing timings with your specialist.

7.15am: Saturday roundup

There were 16 new community cases of Covid-19 yesterday, all in Auckland. Three of those cases remain unlinked. It was an increase on Friday (nine cases) and a key number to look out for today is how many of those cases were infectious in the community (see blue chart below for the trend throughout this outbreak).

There are 13 people currently in hospital across Auckland with Covid. Four are in intensive care.

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On Saturday night the All Blacks beat the Springboks 19-17 at North Queensland Stadium to win the Rugby Championship. The game itself was very boring and yet very stressful, a fitting event for everyone watching while still in lockdown. If you missed it, you could always watch a replay or read the full match breakdown, just for kicks.

Check out our Covid tracker for the full picture, including vaccination numbers.

Source: The Spinoff https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/26-09-2021/live-updates-september-26-latest-case-numbers-coming-and-a-word-from-sir-john-key/

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