February 09, 2022
Parents waiting for kōrero on tamariki vax
Māori doctors are keen to step up the rate of tamariki Māori getting the Covid vaccination.
The rate is currently half that of non-Māori, and Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen from pandemic response group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā says the initial surge of whānau keen to get it done has passed and now it’s back to the slog of getting the rest.
“Many parents are interested in it. They just want the opportunity to talk it through and then look at what is the opportunity to get it done, so I think that is going to be more available this month,” Dr Jansen says.
He says the big push for February is also getting people boosted once they become eligible because while Omicron can be less severe than previous Covid variants, it is spreading rapidly in younger age groups and there are still cases where people need to be in the hospital.