Covid-infected security guard missed two vaccine appointments

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Apr 2021, 6:16PM
A noticeable security presence outside the Grand Millennium hotel this morning, with two guards wearing masks at the entrance. Photo / William Terite
A noticeable security presence outside the Grand Millennium hotel this morning, with two guards wearing masks at the entrance. Photo / William Terite

Covid-infected security guard missed two vaccine appointments

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Apr 2021, 6:16PM

The country's newest border case of Covid-19 missed two appointments for to receive the vaccine. 

A 24-year-old security guard who works at the Grand Millennium was diagnosed with the virus last night, the Ministry of Health announced today. 

In an update this afternoon, the Ministry said that four people who live in an adjourning house to the new case have all tested negative today.

A co-worker who often drove the person to and from work has also returned a negative result.

The person had not been vaccinated.

"The Ministry understands two appointments for vaccination were missed by the case due to personal reasons. The employer is being contacted for further relevant information," said a ministry spokesman in a statement.

"We know that the company employing this case has vaccinated 79% of its MIF workers and 81% of the Grand Millennium staff have received their first vaccination."

The testing frequency for staff at the Grand Millennium has now been increased to weekly for the next fortnight and a spot infection control audit has been undertaken today.

The Ministry's overall assessment is that the public health risk to the wider community from this case is low.