July 27, 2021
Booking failures slow Maori vax rate
Māori pandemic group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā says the Health Ministry needs to explore new ways to get the Covid vaccination message out.
Member Teresa Wall, a former health ministry policy director, says the messages seem tailored for the total population – and that means minority groups like Māori miss out.
She says the booking systems, whether online, by phone or mail, are also falling short.
The fact Māori vaccination rates are falling below target shouldn’t be blamed on any supposed hesitancy, because the Māori response to keeping their people safe during the elimination lockdowns shows how they become motivated with the right messages.
"You need to make a judgment about whether the systems in place are enabling Māori to book in for their vaccine, and I don't think it is at the moment. It's not working well," Ms Wall says.
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