Covid-19: Northland to review vaccine rollout issues ahead of boosters


The Northland District Health Board will review the rollout of its Covid-19 vaccine, to see if it can identify improvements before the booster shots ramp up.

Northland is the only board of health that has not given at least one dose to 90% of its eligible population, 88% having received at least one dose and 83% at least two.

There is a high level of vaccine misinformation in the district, with Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins saying Northland has the highest concentration of misinformation in the country.

Initiatives to boost immunizations in Northland included a vaccination campaign in Kaitāia in November.

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Initiatives to boost immunizations in Northland included a vaccination campaign in Kaitāia in November.

But Northland also has a history of people mistrusting vaccines, and childhood vaccination rates are among the lowest in the country, with just 55% of 18-month-olds fully immune to measles.

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Jeanette Wedding, the senior officer in charge of the Northland Covid-19 vaccination program, said there was a range of reasons people could have chosen to wait to be vaccinated.

There are many reasons people have chosen to delay getting a vaccine in Northland, but misinformation is also rife, experts say.

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There are many reasons people have chosen to delay getting a vaccine in Northland, but misinformation is also rife, experts say.

“Our team have worked incredibly hard – alongside Maori health providers, general practitioners, pharmacies and other community providers – to provide people with the support they need to get vaccinated.”

Wedding said planning is underway for the wider rollout of the booster doses after Jan.5.

“As part of this work, Northland DHB will do a risk review so that we can meet any challenges,” she said.

“We will also look at what has worked well in our work since the start of the program on March 1, and we will pass it on to our current mahi. [work]. “

In April, the board of health decided to offer the vaccine to all Northlanders aged 50 and over, going against advice from the Department of Health at the time to prioritize healthcare workers. first-line, to people over 65 and to those with relevant health problems.

A drive-thru vaccination clinic in Whangārei offers vaccines to northerners in October.

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A drive-thru vaccination clinic in Whangārei offers vaccines to northerners in October.

Other Northland vaccination initiatives have included raffles, sports club sponsorship, and vaccines distributed everywhere from marae to people’s homes.

Wedding said the health board will continue to work closely with Te Tiriti o Waitangi’s partners for pediatric vaccinations, to provide easy access for children aged 5 to 11.

Covid-19 home isolation, tests, key holiday objective for suppliers

During the holidays, Covid-19 testing, vaccinations and support for those infected with the virus or awaiting test results will continue in Northland.

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Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the Northlanders should continue to encourage people to get vaccinated and respond to the cancellation of the Waitangi Day 2022 celebrations.

Kaikohe-based supplier Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi has organized 10 motorhomes for residents who need to self-isolate but cannot do so safely in their homes, general manager Te Ropu Poa said.

Many people will have whānau left over for the holidays, which makes them cramped.

The organization’s self-isolation and quarantine support team will be available 24/7, with kits providing everything needed for a Covid-19 diagnosis, she said. .

Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi will close for public holidays but will continue to offer vaccinations on other days, she said.

Further north, in Whakawhiti Ora Pai, the focus will be on testing for Covid-19, CEO Errol Murray said.

Vaccination clinics will be on hiatus until Jan. 24, but general medicine clinics will offer vaccinations to anyone who needs them, by appointment, he said.

Whakawhiti Ora Pai’s welfare team will be available, due to high needs at this time of year, Murray said.

“We want to make sure that we support our whānau during this time – we know there will be an influx of whānau into the house.”


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