August 29, 2021
Better systems will boost Maori vaccination numbers
The head of a Thames-based public health organisation says booking confusion rather than vaccine hesitancy has slowed Maori vaccination rates.
Riana Manuel from Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki and Hauraki PHO says the delta COVID outbreak is motivating people to get vaccinated as soon as they can.
She says many of them say they have tried earlier, but found the system hard to work, or they weren’t shown sites that would be convenient for them.
Her organisation is setting up a priority code for Māori and Pacific people.
"That's really important that this stage, because we know the outcome for Māori and our Pacific Island whanau, because of those co-morbidities, will be far worse than for anyone else. and it's not about saying anyone is more special than other whānau, It's more about acknowledging where those inequities currently lie," Ms Manuel says.
She says Hauraki feels it has dodged a bullet with day 12 testing showing no one in Coromandel was infected by Case A, the Devonport man who tested positive after a weekend in the township.
The community outbreak of COVID-19 has passed 500 cases, 496 in Auckland and 15 in Wellington.
There were 82 new cases in Auckland yesterday and one in Wellington who is a close contact with an existing case.
All 13 patients in the dementia ward at the Ambelea rest home near Warkworth, where a staff member tested positive, have returned negative results
Copyright © 2021, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com