January 27, 2022
More data needed for vax drive
The head of Kirikiriroa’s Te Kōhao Health says frontline Māori organisations urgently need the data the Health Ministry holds on the vaccination status of Māori in their regions.
The Ministry has released some data after challenges by the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, but providers are now trying to get booster shots into people and to reach whānau with unvaccinated tamariki.
Lady Moxon says the Ministry is still hard to deal with despite findings against it from the Waitangi Tribunal and the High Court have.
“You’ve got to keep going back and saying ‘can I have an update please’ so we know where our whānau are so we are able to encourage them not by knocking in every single door in the whole country but by letting them know we are in their area and giving them the option,” she says.
Lady Moxon says providers are finding a lot of very Māori who want to get vaccinated but don’t have a way to get to vaccination centres.