21 Oct 2021

Homeless advocate urges health officials to get on the ground

From Checkpoint, 6:17 pm on 21 October 2021

A homeless advocate hopes health authorities listen to those on the frontline about the best way to reach at-risk communities for vaccination.

In April, Te Tuinga Whānau Trust's Tommy Kapai Wilson travelled from Tauranga Moana to Wellington to pitch his idea for a 'jab cab' to Ministry of Health officials.

Similar to the 'Shot Bro' buses that rolled out in Tāmaki Makaurau months later, the vans would have provided transport to and from a Covid vaccine clinics.

While the wheels never got turning on the jab cab, Tommy Wilson hopes the government learns a thing or two.

Jean Bell reports.