April 05, 2022
Covid lessons help with measles vax catch up
The Director-General of Health says what’s been learned from vaccinating for Covid-19 will be used in the reboot of the measles vax catch up campaign.
National’s health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says the campaign, which started in 2020 and was paused towards the end of that year once the focus switched to Covid, was a $20 million botch-up.
Dr Ashley Bloomfield says it will resume soon using the infrastructure, capability and knowledge it gained from Covid.
“Over the next couple of weeks it will become very visible as there is both a public information campaign and our providers are out there with MMR getting that catch up well underway,” Dr Bloomfield says.
The catch up aims to reach about 300,000 15 to 35-year-olds who were not fully vaccinated because of a change in the child vaccination schedule.
There were 14,120 new cases of Covid-19 today and 23 deaths, with 692 people now in hospital.