Extending support for the COVID-19 elimination strategy to June 2022. The Government has set aside extra funding to support the health system’s COVID-19 response and to maintain quarantine facilities up to June 2022, Minister for COVID-19 Response.
Funding agreed by Cabinet will pay for a series of COVID-19-related health activities to June 2022, including:
- Maintaining up to 7000 tests a day including swabbing and laboratory services.
- Contact tracing, supplies of PPE and supporting technology.
- Additional support for the Ministry, and for DHBs on an as-needed basis.
The additional funding of $1.12 billion adds to the $251 million injection provided to health in October.
Further additional funding of $1.74 billion, split across the agencies involved, will ensure the MIQ operating model is fully resourced up to June 2022, including the costs of accommodation, transport, food, security and health and wellbeing services.