Thursday, December 9

‘Hard work’ concerns for second doses in Counties-Manukau DHB

The first doses in the Manukau counties DHB rose to 90 percent yesterday, joining the other two Auckland DHBs.

The new Covid 19 vaccination facility in South Auckland

Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

If everyone returns for its second hit, Auckland could shift to the new traffic light system and accompanying freedoms in three weeks, just in time for the Prime Minister’s planned control over cities’ vaccination rates.

But getting Counties Manukau DHB to 90 percent of the first few doses hadn’t been easy.

Manurewa Papakura Neighborhood Councilor Daniel Newman has gone door to door to get people to join in.

The first jab was just the first hurdle, he said.

“We have almost 10 percent of our population that has received a first shot, but has not yet received the second dose. That is almost 50,000 people in Manukau counties. That is a big challenge. We have a long, long way to go. . “

I’d knock on doors again to make sure people came back for the second.

“We have to be at the same doors multiple times and that will continue for as long as it takes for people to get to the point where we have good protection against Covid-19.”

Newman said Control more vaccination events were needed.

Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo, CEO of South Seas Healthcare, said it would be more work for his South Auckland community to reach the 90 percent double dose target.

“It’s getting harder for you to know, just put up a pop-up and have people wait for people to come by. So we communicate with the ministers and coordinators of our churches, and they just organize their own people to approach. Their groups, the youth, and, you know, they make it a bit more of a competition between the churches in the sports clubs. ”

That worked in the past with driving events like Rally Your Village delivering more than 7,000 shots over five days in October.

Lemalu said it was important to reduce the vaccine issue and provide incentives for people to pass.

But he was less concerned about the general Auckland population reaching 90 percent double doses and more concerned about the pasifika rates, which stand at around 72 percent complete vaccination.

“We’re slowly moving in the right direction in terms of Pasifika, it’s just going to take a little bit more work to be honest. Our priority is that we won’t stop at 90 percent, so we’ll have to move on. I guess what it’s not on our side it’s time. “

In Waitematā, 92 percent of the people have received the first dose, while 83 percent have received the second.

Te Whānau or Waipareira Trust has delivered more than 120,000 vaccines since deployment began in April.

CEO John Tamihere said mixed messages about when second doses should be taken have caused confusion.

“People then started reading it, the longer you wait for your second jab the better. They’re taking their time because they don’t think the second should be taken, you know, when the time is up.”

He said Control It was often a guessing game to determine who was coming back, making it difficult for providers to juggle appointments and vaccine preparation.

More needs to be done to make it clear that anyone who has turned three weeks from their first dose should not delay their second, he said.

But he was sure that if they could get to 90 percent of the first doses, they would get to 90 percent fully vaccinated.

There is now a three-week wait to find out if Auckland is moving to the stoplight system, with Cabinet set to check the settings on November 29, just when all those recently hit should get their second.

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