Having been free of Covid-19 for such a long time in Tauranga, it’s disappointing to see community cases spread throughout our city.
I hope that those who have tested positive make a quick and full recovery in time to enjoy our upcoming summer break.
Last weekend I visited Tauranga Racecourse during its mega-testing event, and there was an excellent turnout for what is, let’s be honest, not the most fun thing to do. It’s also heartening to see Bay of Plenty locals respect the health needs of our community by following social distancing recommendations, scanning in at businesses and wearing masks, even when outdoors.
And I take my hat off to the awesome medical staff who are working long hours at testing stations, medical centres and labs.
Thank you to everyone who is vaccinated. I believe that a wider range of vaccines should be offered, and that we should have rapid antigen testing as an option for those who can’t or won’t be vaccinated with Pfizer.
But the science is clear - the vaccine greatly reduces the incidence, severity and reach of Covid-19, and I congratulate the community spirit of those who have been vaccinated for the good of us all.
Let’s stay vigilant in the lead up to our summer holidays and do everything we can to avoid more lockdowns like the ones we’re seeing in Europe this week.