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Reasons to get vaccinated Without vaccines, we’re at risk of serious illness, disability or even death from things like the measles, meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus and polio – and now COVID-19. Vaccines work by stimulating the body’s natural resistance by training our immune systems to create antibodies. Here are a few reasons why vaccinations are good – for everyone:
they can prevent us from getting sick
they are safe
they can save lives
they will not cause a disease they are designed to prevent
they can help protect the community
prevention is much better than treatment.
In a nutshell, by getting vaccinated, we are protecting ourselves, our loved ones and those around us. Most people can be vaccinated, but those who cannot be – including very young babies, those who are seriously ill or have certain allergies – they depend on us to be vaccinated to ensure they are also safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. These are the reasons the Government is requiring the education workforce to be vaccinated by 1 January 2022. It’s important to know that licensed vaccines have been rigorously tested across multiple phases before being approved for use.
How does the vaccine work? The COVID-19 vaccine works by teaching your body to fight the virus and protects you from getting sick:
The vaccine sends a set of instructions to teach your body how to fight the COVID-19 virus.
With these instructions your body learns to recognise the COVID-19 virus and use antibodies against it. Antibodies stop the virus from infecting your cells and help to kill it.
That means if you come into contact with the COVID-19 virus in the future, your body will have the right tools to protect itself so you are less likely to get sick.
Is the vaccine safe? The Pfizer vaccine has been thoroughly assessed for safety by our own Medsafe experts. Medsafe only grants consent for using a vaccine in Aotearoa once they’re satisfied it has met strict standards for safety, efficacy and quality. This is the same process used to assess other vaccines, like the flu, measles, and tetanus vaccines. There have been no shortcuts taken in granting approval. The Pfizer vaccine has been used successfully by millions worldwide and is highly effective at preventing severe illness and death. It continues to be monitored for safety.
Why was it developed so quickly? Because the mRNA vaccine is not new technology and has been studied for over a decade, including for the development of other vaccines such as the seasonal flu vaccine, researchers had a head start. This is the first time scientists and governments from around the world have united to develop a vaccine. This global collaboration meant they could spend an enormous amount of time and money into developing the vaccines very quickly without taking any shortcuts in the necessary processes or compromising safety. This also meant that the various stages of research development happened at the same time.
Are there any side effects? It is common to experience mild side effects, such as muscle aches, pain at the injection site or headaches. These are more commonly reported after the second dose and are actually a sign that your body’s immune system is learning to fight the virus. They don’t last long and won’t stop you from having a second dose or going about your daily life. There are some side effects that are more serious but very rare, like a severe allergic reaction or an inflammation of the heart. If you develop difficulty breathing, a racing heart, chest pain or feel faint immediately or in the days after the vaccine, you should seek medical attention.
Further information Here are links to some downloadable PDFs:
Vax Facts with Māori Doctors: Dr Anthony Jordan, Dr Papaarangi Reid, Dr Rawiri McKree-Jansen, Dr Maia Brewerton (specialists and activists in Māori health) take phone calls from the Public about Covid and the Vaccine. (Most callers are unvaccinated.)
Clinical psychologist Rachel Prebble explains how to talk to friends and whānau in this video create an opportunity for open, safe conversations which build trust and enable change over time
In this The Spinoff article, Kate Hannah (a cultural historian at Te Pūnaha Matatini) shares some thoughts on how to talk to loved ones who are vaccine hesitant.
The PTA Calendar Art fundraiser begins today. All orders can be made via the Kids Art website. An email has been sent with instructions on how to login and purchase.
The fundraiser will run for two weeks only fromWednesday 20 October till Thursday 4 November. Unfortunately, due to covid circumstances we are only able to offer this one time for purchases.
This year we have calendars, notebooks, greeting cards, a mouse pad, diaries and a range of pens available to purchase, which make some fantastic Christmas gifts! Once logged in you can choose to use your child’s artwork or alternatively, load your own photo for printing on your artwork. If you have any further questions please contact either firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Football is coming back for Term 4 and Silverdale SportsHub are looking for players!
If you have a child who would like to play Summer Football every Monday afternoon from 1 November to 13 December (term 4) fill out our online form –https://forms.gle/eDMwfbtxxLz5c9J38
We do hope that Summer Football can go ahead, but in the meantime please register and we will let everyone know what is happening in due course.