NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 03:30 am

Whanganui DHB considers earlier Covid 19 vaccination for Māori over 50

Whanganui DHB considers earlier Covid 19 vaccination for Māori over 50
The DHB is working on opening one large town centre facility in Whanganui.

The Whanganui DHB is wrapping up Tier 2 vaccinations for health workers, people in aged-care facilities and those being supported at home by carers.Simpson said the DHB was pleased with the number of health workers who have applied to be vaccinators, but staff numbers would need to be boosted when a large Whanganui vaccination facility was opened.It meant extra clinic slots were needed to meet demand to get as many health workers as possible vaccinated early on." More than 1650 frontline health workers across the district have been vaccinated, including DHB, primary care, hospice, aged care, dentist and disability staff.

In light of the Northland District Health Board decision to vaccinate everyone over the age of 50, Whanganui DHB chief executive Russell Simpson says Whanganui is re-thinking Tier 3 vaccination criteria for Māori.He says the Whanganui DHB has focused on pro-equity as a key strategic imperative to reduce disparities in health, particularly between Māori and non-Māori.

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