13 Apr 2021

Worries about non-clinical vaccinators unfounded- Health leader

From Morning Report, 8:45 am on 13 April 2021

A Māori health leader says warnings about non-clinical health workers administering the Covid-19 vaccine in Māori communities are unfounded. 

The Nurses Organisation says a plan to train up health workers to plug the shortage of Māori nurses and doctors involved in the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out exposes decades of underinvestment in Māori health, and it argues that the workers won't have the medical training to rely on if something goes wrong, even if they are well versed in giving the jabs.

Tia Ashby is the Ngāpuhi Covid-19 Strategy and Response lead.