During the current Alert level 4 lockdown Covid-19 testing sites are in demand throughout the Coromandel Peninsula. Whitianga currently has two testing sites available to local residents at the Mercury Bay Medical Centre and Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.
What is the criteria for Covid-19 coronavirus testing?
If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms the New Zealand government is advising that you should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453, your doctor or iwi health provider. They will tell you if you should get a COVID-19 test. In addition:
- Anyone that has been at a location of interest at the dates and times specified on the government Covid-19 website should be self isolating at home and call Healthline for advice on testing and isolating.
Where are the Covid-19 coronavirus testing sites in Whitianga?
There are two testing sites in Whitianga.
- Mercury Bay Medical Centre - The designated testing site is located on the Bryce Street side of the Mercury Bay Medical Centre at 87 Albert Street, Whitianga.
- Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki - Whitianga - 2 Coghill Street, Whitianga.
For up to date testing times please see the healthpoint.co.nz website.
Please call ahead to confirm approval for a test
You are advised that you should ring ahead to book a time for a test. Staff need to follow protocols to make the process as efficient as possible while ensuring they are keeping individuals and staff safe during the testing process.
To contact the testing sites to book a test -
- Mercury Bay Medical Centre -phone 07 866 5911
- Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki - phone 07 869 5244.
Testing after vaccination
Should you feel unwell and develop Covid-19 symptoms you should still ring Healthline, as you may need to be tested.
The vaccine is highly effective if people have both doses. Studies have shown that 95% of people who received both doses of the vaccine were protected against getting seriously ill. If you do get COVID-19, you are far less likely to fall seriously ill or spread the virus to others. Research is still ongoing to determine whether a vaccinated person can still pass the virus to someone else. So we must assume there is still risk of transmission.
– Information from the Covid19.govt.nz website.