Post by Crash
There is much coverage of the fact that Maori and PI vaccination rates
for COVID19 are lower than others. What are the barriers to
vaccination by any group in getting vaccinated? For those of us who
can get to the pub, supermarket etc. we use the same means to get to a
vaccination centre. Increasingly said vaccination centres are your
local chemist or Dr, so again if you can get to either you can get
vaccinated. There is no cost barrier.
So why are some sectors of our population lagging behind on
A good question, Crash. The obvous have been some church
congragations that believe that faith is enough; and I think there was
an article about "Bishop" Tamaki of Detiny Church not exactly
encouraging Destiny Chrch members to get vaccinated - most of the
Pacifica churches appear to now be encouraging and assisting to
organise local vaccination. Poverty can be a barrier - where two jobs
are needed normally, Covid has created additional problems and with a
large family, it can be difficult to get to a vaccinationcentre - but
again that is changing.
Gordon Campbell makes some comments from the HPV vaccination programme
for girls here:
but the same issues may not be present now.
Certainly there are always some who believe disinformation campaigns,
but they are different for Covid. Forst, by and large this is not a
political issue - National and Labour both advocate the elimination
strategy - disagreement was on either issues that the government could
not change until recently (vaccine supply) or the detail of "opening
up the border." Delta has reduced those differences, as has the
realisation that the vaccine does not give immunity, and that "herd
immunity" may not be possible for Covid. Many New Zealaders appear to
have though that it would be like Measles - provided most children
get vaccinated the rest will be OK. We now know that vaccination does
not stop those vaccinated from getting the virus, although many will
not, but also that once vaccinated, a person may carry the virus but
not show any symptoms, but still able to infect others - with those
not vaccinated being much more likely to be infected and if infected
to have erious ymptoms.
We do not yet have an acceptable vaccine for young children - and we
have heard that Covid is climbing the chart of common causes of death
in children in the USA . . .
So the new situation is one where all political parties know that we
wil not have certainty for some time; that we are reliant on
scientific advances, and that loosening border controls may well
result in Covis getting out of control as it has in New South Wales
and the UK. That may be inevitable if we do not get better medical
defences; and our health services are still under considerable stress
at current Covid levels . . .
I would be interestedin the thoughts of others.
Those are hard technical messages to get though