As New Zealand faces its fifth Covid-19 wave, WellSouth is encouraging Otago residents to prepare, especially for the festive season.
WellSouth clinical director Dr Carol Atmore said older individuals and those with other health issues were most vulnerable.
There had been a rise in Covid-19-related deaths recently and she stressed the importance of careful planning for end-of-year gatherings to prevent spread.
Eligible groups, particularly older adults and those with specific ethnic backgrounds or health conditions, were advised to consider booster vaccinations.
Dr Atmore advised staying home if unwell, mask wearing in crowded places, and cautious visitation to hospitals and rest-homes.