January 24, 2022
Still time to prepare for Omicron storm
Some 89 per cent of eligible Māori 12 and over are now partially vaccinated and 84 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Whilst Northland is still lagging as 85 per cent partially vaccinated.
Just over 200,000 New Zealand teens and adults still haven’t received a dose, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged them to reconsider any objection they may have.
In New South Wales, about half the Omicron patients in intensive care units are unvaccinated, despite making up only 7 per cent of the eligible population.
National Māori Authority chair Matthew Tukaki says people seem to have learned the lessons from Australia about the need for vaccination, but they also need to make preparations in case Omicron reaches their whānau.
He says they need checklists in place and to know where to get support.