Vaccination targets important to increase equitable outcomes

26 October 2022

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麻豆视频入口 supports the 90 percent vaccination rates for each District Health Board (DHB) and would especially like to see the 90 percent target reached in the most vulnerable of our communities.聽

Delta is a much more transmissible and deadly variant of COVID-19 and has the potential to devastate M膩ori and Pasifika communities who have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.聽

Data shows that M膩ori and Pasifika have greater health needs, increased levels of comorbidities and are often more vulnerable to illness. Improving vaccine equity will go a long way in the prevention of a health system overwhelm if the case numbers continue to rise.

Vaccination rates around the country have dipped since the 鈥楽uper Saturday鈥 events, which saw over 10,000 M膩ori receive a first dose of the vaccine. The announcement of a COVID-19 protection framework coming into force once these DHB targets are met, is a clear reminder about the importance of vaccination if we want to return to a new normal with more freedoms.

Dr Rachel Mackie, Chair of Te Akoranga a M膩ui, the College鈥檚 M膩ori special representative group says, 鈥淭his additional funding will go a long way in supporting M膩ori and iwi health providers to adopt community and wh膩nau-based approaches to vaccination allows resources to be focused on those who are yet to be vaccinated and who are most at risk of COVID-19.聽

鈥淭hese health providers are well-known and highly trusted within their communities. Whanaungatanga is key to providing those who may still be unsure about the vaccine, the assurance and the support they need to take the step and receive their first dose.鈥

College President Dr Samantha Murton says, 鈥淭he College has supported calls for priority vaccines for M膩ori and Pasifika communities, because the effects of COVID-19 for this group will be more damaging than for others.

鈥淕Ps right across the country will continue to play a crucial role in boosting the vaccination rates among M膩ori and Pasifika patients and work alongside Hauora M膩ori providers to hit those 90 percent targets."

Dr Samantha Murton