November 15, 2021
Tamariki at risk as adults dither on vaccines
Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare says Māori resisting vaccination should take a look at who is getting Covid-19.
Mr Henare says the rate of Māori vaccinations in Auckland is looking good, but there are still large numbers of unvaccinated people in Bay of Plenty and Taitokerau in particular.
He says the cases are getting younger, with over 30 percent of those with Covid in Northland being tamariki under 12 who are ineligible for the vaccine.
“And if that isn’t an incentive enough for adults and whānau to get the vaccine, then I think we need to have a seriously hard look at ourselves and what we are doing to protect our whakapapa,” Mr Henare says.
There were a record 207 new cases of Covid-19 in the community yesterday – and one death.
A woman in her 90s died in North Shore Hospital.
She was admitted on November 6 from Edmonton Meadows Care Home in West Auckland, where there has been an outbreak with 25 cases of Covid-19 in staff and residents.
There are 90 people in hospital, seven of whom are in an intensive care or high-dependency unit.
To date, 90 percent of New Zealanders have had their first dose and 81 percent are fully vaccinated.
However for Māori the figure is 76 percent first doses and 60 percent fully vaccinated.