29 Feb 2024

No more free flu vaccines for older Māori and Pasifika

From Morning Report, 8:21 am on 29 February 2024

Free flu vaccines for Māori and Pasifika people aged between 55 and 64 are no longer free.

In 2022 and 2023 Pharmac widened free access to vaccines for this group, and for children up to 12 years old, from the Government's Covid-19 budget - and that budget has now run out.

Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen, chief medical officer at Te Aka Whai ora - Maori Health Authority, spoke to Corin Dann.