September 21, 2022
Priority needed for immunization catch up
National’s health spokesperson says he’d make child immunisation a priority if his party wins next year’s election.
He say the rates have dropped precipitously from 2017.
At the end of 2017 89.1 percent of all childen and 87 percent of tamariki Maoir has had all their scheduled shots by age 5, dompared with 81.1 percent of and 71.5 percent of Maori respectively today.
“Take the signal that I’ve got that squarely in my headlights as an action that will have a significant benefit for Maori and non Maori so immunisation will be high on my priorities list, absolutely,” Dr Reti says.
Shane Reti says the Maori Health Authority will go with a change of government, because income, employment, housing and education are bigger drivers for Maori health than how services are delivered.