The New Zealand Herald

Henare working to lift Ma¯ori vaccine numbers

- — Jason Walls

Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare was vaccinated yesterday and said he would be promoting the vaccine to Ma¯ori communitie­s this week.

A focus of the vaccine programme was equity within the priority groups.

The Ministry of Health had been in conversati­ons with Ma¯ori health providers about the rollout, Henare said.

Iwi leaders and social media would be used to get the message out and he was working with Ma¯ori health providers to train more Ma¯ori to administer the vaccine.

Henare said New Zealand was on track when it came to the Ma¯ori vaccinatio­n campaign.

“We’re going to do our best to raise those numbers.”

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