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MMR vaccine uptake by year of birth
Health authorities are concerned Aotearoa New Zealand is at risk from another potentially deadly disease.
David Shanks reflecting on five years as Chief Censor
When Chief Censor David Shanks started in the role in 2017, he was thrust into the limelight over a controversial Netflix show. Five years later, as he ends his tenure, commercial streaming services are the least of his problems. National Correspondent Katie Kenny reports.
Covid-19: What does the red light setting actually do to combat the Omicron outbreak?
Aotearoa’s new red light setting is up against the most transmissible variant of Covid-19 to date. Is it up to it? National Correspondent Katie Kenny reports.
The narrative of Omicron as a 'milder' variant is dangerous, given what we know about long Covid, experts warn
Already, thousands of New Zealanders are believed to have been affected by long Covid. Some are worried about the implications of that number blowing out in an outbreak of the Omicron variant. Katie Kenny reports.
Three persistent kinds of Covid misinformation
This year, we've posted dozens of articles addressing important topics such as the vaccine’s safety, effectiveness, and side effects.
Covid anxiety: How to navigate the country's reopening if you're vulnerable to the virus
The shift to a new, more relaxed system for managing Covid-19 brightens the summer plans for many people. But for those who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, it presents a new whole set of risks for going about the world. National Correspondent Katie Kenny reports.
Covid-19 vaccination paper criticised as 'disinformation' is being withdrawn, co-author Simon Thornley says
A senior lecturer at the University of Auckland says he will retract a widely-criticised paper he co-authored after a head of department publicly rebuked him in an email to staff.
Covid-19: A paper on vaccination in pregnancy co-authored by Simon Thornley has been panned by experts around the world
A paper co-authored by a University of Auckland academic and published in an anti-vaccination journal is being used by others as “disinformation” to encourage doubt about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines, several experts say. Stuff National Correspondents Katie Kenny and Charlie Mitchell report.
The traffic light system: a path to progress, or a divided society?
The new traffic light system revealed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday will see freedoms restored to fully vaccinated New Zealanders. And those who haven’t received two shots of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine will be largely excluded from eating at restaurants, attending concerts and festivals, and even getting a hair cut.
In other words, those who remain unvaccinated will experience a limited version of daily life in society.
If you care about your gonads, get vaccinated
Contracting Covid-19 can affect fertility, but the vaccine against it cannot.
Contact tracing data remains vulnerable to misuse, experts say, as mandatory record keeping kicks in
As scanning QR codes or signing paper registers becomes mandatory under new Covid-19 rules, some are worried there is still not enough legal protection in place to prevent misuse of the data collected. National Correspondent Katie Kenny reports.
Long-term public health measures needed alongside vaccination for borders to re-open
A modelling tool developed by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) highlights the need for public health measures alongside vaccination to prevent Covid-19 deaths.
Covid-19 NZ: Tracking the country's Delta outbreak
It’s been reported around the world: New Zealand went into lockdown after a single case of Covid-19 in Auckland. Here’s how the outbreak has unfolded, day by day.
How well does the vaccine protect you against Delta?
Vaccinated people can still get Covid - but the vaccine slashes the risk of serious illness, even with the Delta variant.
Why the time between Covid-19 vaccinations is being doubled
A longer gap marginally improves the vaccine's effectiveness. But the greater prize is getting more jabs in more arms, sooner.