Capital and Coast DHB hits 90% double vaccinated for eligible Māori today

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The Capital and Coast District Health Board is the first to hit 90 percent of Māori fully vaccinated.

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A health services provider says staff will not be taking their feet “off the pedal” when they reach the milestone. Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

The Ministry of Health said the region, which covers Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti, reached the milestone today.

Waitematā, MidCentral, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Southern have all passed 90 percent for first doses.

Kahungunu Whānau Services chief executive Ali Hamlin-Paenga said it will be great to reach the milestone, but there is still mahi to do.

“I still think we need to keep focused on that 10 percent and keep the momentum going. The only other thing that comes to mind is those of our population that aren’t registered with a GP and whose data may not be getting captured in one form or another,” Hamlin-Paenga said.

“We are keeping the foot on the pedal in terms of vaccinations. There is Omicron that is on our doorstep, there is Delta that is still on our doorstep.”

She said they need to stay motivated and keep working on not only vaccinations, but also swabbing for Covid-19.

“We will be shifting our response to living with Covid rather than responding to Covid,” she said.

Hamlin-Paenga said the agency is preparing to help with the rollout for 5 to 11-year-olds, which starts next week.

“We will continue to work from a whānau centred position rather than focusing on an individual in that age-group. They also have kuia, koro, mum and dad, aunty or uncle that we need to consider in that process.

“We need to ensure our whānau are well educated on the difference between the vaccination for tamariki in relation to adults.”

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