We continue to have an unpredictable supply of the MMR vaccine.
As mentioned in our previous post we are complying with the guidance and instructions given to us by the Government and Ministry of Health. Despite media publication regarding increased supply of MMR to NZ, the government is strictly limiting vaccine supply. This means as a clinic we are unsure how many vaccines we will be able to get, and when these may arrive.
We sympathise with the community in this frustrating time and our team is doing their best to keep you updated.
Our priority remains to give the first dose of the MMR vaccine to as many eligible individuals as possible.
The latest update from the Ministry of Health on eligible groups for a dose of the MMR vaccine is as follows:
- We can continue to give the MMR vaccine at the regular childhood immunisation events. This is at age 12 months and 4 years. Unfortunately we are still unable to give the 4 year old dose early.
- We can continue to vaccinate babies aged 6-12 months on a case by case basis after discussion with a nurse or doctor. Babies who receive an MMR vaccine aged under 12 months will still require 2 further doses after they are 12 months of age.
- We are now unable to give an MMR vaccine to anyone aged 30 or older at this point in time.
- Teenagers and adults aged under 30 may be eligible for 1 dose of the MMR vaccine.
We realise these new guidelines mean that some individuals on our current wait list are no longer eligible for an MMR vaccine at this point in time and understand this is severely frustrating. We will be contacting these individuals, and we continue to have a waiting list in the hope that this criteria may change in the coming months.
We continue to work off a waiting list for those who are still eligible to an MMR vaccine with this new criteria.
Please send us a message (through the Health 365 portal, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to check your eligibility for this vaccine.
Our nurses continue to have a higher than normal workload so please be patient as it may take several days until you hear back.
As always, please help us to protect the vulnerable in our community and do not come into the practice if you think you may have measles. If you are concerned that you or a loved one has measles please contact us first so that we can make arrangements to see you.