13 Oct 2021

Covid-19: Rural vaccination rates lag behind cities

From Morning Report, 6:43 am on 13 October 2021

Covid-19 vaccination rates in rural communities are more than 10 percent behind those in urban centres.

Research from University of Otago's School of Medicine finds that low accessibility, longer distances to travel, underresourced GP services, and a younger population are dampening down vaccine uptake.

In Murupara, a Bay of Plenty town with one of the lowest rates in the country, the nearest permanent vaccination centre is a 50 minute drive from the town.

New Zealand Rural GP Network chief executive Dr Grant Davidson spoke to Corin Dann.