September 03, 2021
Whanau Ora pushing walk up vaccination strategy
From tomorrow all Whānau Ora vaccination providers will allow walk up vaccinations for Māori and Pasifika people.
Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency chief executive John Tamihere says that’s the best way to lift the numbers of Māori being vaccinated.
He says the present booking system works well for middle class Asian and white New Zealanders who can only make appointments by phone or online but also having the resources to stay in queues.
He says all vaccination centres have excess capacity to cater for any extra demand, given the number of daily no shows for booked appointments.
He says the proof was in the data, with just 3000 of the 57,000 vaccinations administered so far by Te Whānau o Waipareira in West Auckland going into Māori arms.
Mr Tamihere says the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency will launch a social media campaign tomorrow telling Māori they have a right to turn up at their nearest vaccination centre.
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