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Little vaccination

News from CCDHB
The Minister of Health Andrew Little today marked World Health Day by receiving his COVID-19 vaccination at Wellington Regional Hospital.

“The theme for World Health Day 2021 is ‘building a fairer, healthier world for everyone’ – a theme that certainly resonates in the wake of how COVID-19 has affected so many whānau around Aotearoa,” Minister Little said.

“Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect people against COVID-19. The vaccination programme will help put the nation back on track so we can once again put our full focus on improving the equity and outcomes of our health system.

“The work that Capital & Coast DHB is doing across the region is an enormous part of that.”

Working closely with its partner PHOs – Tū Ora Compass Health, Ora Toa, Te Awakairangi Health Network and Cosine – HVDHB and CCDHB have to date vaccinated thousands of people eligible under the Group 1 and 2 rollout, and are actively planning for Groups 3 and 4.

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs’ chief executive Fionnagh Dougan said: “Our staff and those of our PHOs have been working tirelessly on what is the most important vaccination campaign of recent times.”

“I am immensely proud of the work that the two DHBs and our providers are doing, from working through the various alert levels of the pandemic and now rolling out the vaccination campaign. We are now planning for the remaining vaccinations and will continue to keep our communities and people safe from COVID-19.”

henare vaccination

Report from RNZ
Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare had his first Pfizer vaccination at a clinic in Porirua this morning. He is one of several politicians with a health-based portfolio who have been invited to get the immunisation early, in an attempt to boost confidence in its safety.

The minister is encouraging Māori to follow his lead and get vaccinated against Covid-19, and has been travelling around the North Island engaging with Māori communities in an effort to inform and combat vaccine hesitancy.

He says he is feeling well after the vaccination and looking forward to continuing to advocate for the vaccine. “I look forward to spreading the message around the vaccine and its efficacy and supporting it amongst our communities.”

Henare says the Ministry of Health has been in talks with 62 Māori health providers about the $11 million in funding the government has allocated for equitable rollout of the vaccine for Māori.

He says iwi leaders and communications have been used to reach “as many of our people as possible”.

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