Sunday, December 12, 2021

Covid update: 75% of eligible Māori population now fully immunised; 103 community cases; 61 people in hospital, 3 in ICU - 12 December 2021

Covid-19 Réponse Minister Chris Hipkins

The press release from the Ministry of Health has the following information as of 12 December 2021.

There were 15,910 total vaccine doses administered yesterday, including 2,698 first doses; 8,446 second doses; 216 third primary doses and 4,550 boosters. To date, 94% of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 89% are fully vaccinated.

More than 91% of the eligible population who are now fully vaccinated have downloaded a ‘My Vaccine Pass’.

Nelson-Tasman update

The vaccination rates for Nelson-Marlborough DHB: First doses (94%); second doses (88%)

Cases of Covid-19 in hospital for Nelson-Marlborough DHB one.

Wastewater detections there were no unexpected results to report.

There is one case to report today in Nelson-Tasman, and the case is linked to other cases.

This case has yet to be included in the formal reporting to the Ministry of Health and will be added to our tally tomorrow.

Anyone in the region with any symptoms that could be COVID-19 is urged to get a test, even if they are vaccinated.

Locations of interest are regularly added to the Ministry’s website, so we ask people living in Nelson-Tasman to check these daily.

Check for where you can obtain a Covid-19 test.

Covid pop-up testing centres and others are mentioned below:

Testing is free for people with COVID-19 symptoms in the Nelson Marlborough region. If you are unsure of whether you should get a test, call Healthline for advice: 0800 358 5453.

***Pop-up testing centres are not for members of the public who wish to book a COVID-19 test for travel purposes. If you need a COVID-19 test for travel purposes, you need to book this through your GP.***

Here are your options for testing:

Community Based Testing Centre (CBAC):

Nelson: Saxton Field parking area, Suffolk Road, Stoke:

  • Monday: 9am to 6pm

Richmond: Richmond Showgrounds, 359 Lower Queen St:

  • Monday: 9am to 6pm

Motueka: Motueka Recreation Centre, Old Wharf Rd

  • Monday: 10am to 3pm

At your regular GP clinic (your family doctor): 

Appointments are needed, but there is no charge for testing. Phone ahead first if you are planning to visit your doctor and request a test.

All GP practices in the Nelson Marlborough region are offering COVID-19 testing except for Tima Health in Nelson and Havelock Medical Centre. You can view a full list of GPs offering COVID-19 testing and their opening hours on HealthPoint.

Please note: during times when there is a confirmed case in our region, you might be redirected to a CBAC (Community Based Testing Centre) instead

After-hours clinics:

Nelson Medical & Injury Centre:

  • 98 Waimea Rd
  • 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week
  • Ph: 03 546 8881

Urgent Care Centre, Blenheim:

  • Wairau Hospital (near ED), Hospital Rd
  • 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week
  • Ph: 03 520 6377

After-hours centre information for Golden Bay, Motueka and Murchison is available inline at

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