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Omicron is another form of COVID-19. It's more infectious than previous versions, so spreads very quickly. It's less likely to make you severely ill. Some people might not even know they have it. Stopping Omicron is all about masks and fresh air. Check a booklet to support kids returning to school with Omicron in 2022.

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Some extra parenting support is available to whānau in the Auckland and Waikato regions - areas particulary affected by COVID-19. Whānau in these areas can currently access 3 Triple P Online Learning Programmes at no cost. Find out more.

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The COVID-19 vaccine is part of a multi-layered approach which offers the best protection against COVID-19. All these measures can help children return to school safely, reconnect with whānau and friends, and do what they enjoy. Parents and caregivers now have the opportunity to protect their children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 with the child version of the Pfizer vaccine. 

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Anyone 12 years and over can have the COVID vaccine. If you're in the 12 to 15 age group, check some information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch 12 year old Scarlett-Manaia host the COVID vaccine kōrero (at the bottom of the page).

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Find out why it's important for your child 12 and over to have the COVID vaccine. It's especially important for those with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart conditions (like rheumatic heart disease). Watch the videos. Make a booking now.

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Looking for something to help your child make sense of  COVID-19? Check these resources - from videos for kids about the science behind coronavirus to online stories that can be important conversation starters in your household. The resources cover the range of restrictions and Alert Levels in New Zealand.