As you all know, the government intends to open the internal borders once the three Auckland DHBs (Waitemata, Auckland Central and Counties Manukau) hit a target of 90% of the population base in their districts having received two doses of the Pfizer vaccination against COVID – likely to be before Christmas 2021. Additionally, they will open our international borders once all the DHBs in the country have reached that mark – probably in mid-January 2022.
The concern of Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu and all other Iwi Authorities in the motu, as well as all Māori Health Services is that, when the borders are opened, a large portion of the 10% who remain unvaccinated will be Māori.
Therefore, our Health Portfolio are working regionally with Te Kahu o Taonui and the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre (NRHCC) to raise our Māori vaccination rates to 90% as a minimum. We are also working nationally with the National Iwi Chairs Forum and Te Rōpu Whakakaupapa Urutā to address the systemic inequities that have led to Māori vaccination rates being so low.
As part of our work, this week we have begun receiving daily data reports from the NRHCC that provide us with up to date data as follows:
• The front page provides a total Māori population view, rather than a view of the 90% vaccination population we are aiming for.
• The suburb tab also adopts a total Māori population view.
• There are two target tabs – one showing a 95% dose one target and one showing the 90% fully vax’d target.
• For the fully vax’d target it is reliant on meeting, at a minimum, 90% first dose target.
Notes for the dose one target:
• This target is timed to be achieved on or by Dec 3rd – this allows a three week period between then and xmas to achieve the 90% fully vax’d goal. This will however, continue to be revised as time goes on.
• A 95% dose 1 target has been set in recognition that not everyone who receives their first dose returns for their second (with data showing there is a decline between 2.5-5% from first to second dose uptake).
• At present there is a lag among Māori of about 5-8 weeks between receiving their first and second doses – obviously this targeting plan only allows for a 3 week window if we are to achieve the 90% goal by xmas so important to bear this in mind for local communications and engagement activity moving forward.
Lastly, data shows the dose 2 targets are generally and consistently being met or exceeded. The risk however is that dose one targets are not being met – this is the key limiting factor in ability to achieve 90% fully vax’d among eligible Māori.
Please note these target reports will be sent out early afternoon to allow for better accuracy in data reported from the day prior. Also please note that I have highlighted in yellow the suburbs in Ngāti Kahu and in green the suburbs in the rest of Muriwhenua.
Finally, please feel free to share this report more widely.
Click the links below and then download each daily file so that you can read it easily.
MAORI COVID VACCINATION DAILY REPORT - Monday 15th November 2021: https://www.docdroid.com/C945hGL/copy-of-maori-vaccination-targets-15112...
MAORI COVID VACCINATION DAILY REPORT - Tuesday 16th November 2021: https://www.docdroid.com/i1746hx/copy-of-maori-vaccination-targets-16112...