Oh dear, government rhetoric isn’t matched by performance yet again:
Newshub can reveal just over 60 percent of a group labelled ‘high-risk’ by the Government are yet to receive their first vaccination to protect them against COVID-19.
They include frontline health workers, those in long-term care, and older Māori and Pacific people.
And only half of another high-risk group – those who live with border workers or managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) employees – have received their first jab. . .
When it comes to getting vaccinated against the virus, the public messaging has been clear: we’re exceeding Government goals and doing well. When it comes to getting vaccinated against the virus, the public messaging has been clear: we’re exceeding Government goals and doing well. . .
But Newshub has obtained Ministry of Health data that tells a different story when it comes to some of our highest-risk groups.
“I think we’ve seen a lot of self-congratulatory talk by the Government,” said Otago University public health professor Nick Wilson.
“We should be really pushing the vaccination programme at a much faster rate.” . .
The government’s claim to have gone hard and early in its response to Covid-19 was debatable.
The glaring gap between what they say and what’s happening with the vaccination roll-out is even worse – it’s both slack and late.
That poses a health risk to everyone who is unprotected and leaves us all with the threat that, like Taiwan and Victoria, we could be subjected to another lockdown.