9 Nov 2021

"We need covid boosters now" - health professionals

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 9 November 2021

Health professionals say they need Covid boosters shots rolled out immediately and they are frustrated at delays by the Ministry of Health. Medsafe has granted consent for Pfizer booster vaccines for people aged 18 and over, who had their second dose more than six months ago. Thousands of doctors and nurses working on the front line had their second dose more then six months ago, and as Covid spreads in the community, fear their immunity is waning.

Unions for medical specialists, resident doctors and nurses have all been appealing to the Health Ministry to roll out a booster programme - but have so far had no clear answer. Susie speaks with Dr Deborah Powell is the National Secretary of the Resident Doctors' Association, Nurses Organisation industrial adviser Glenda Alexander and Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Sarah Dalton.

Vaccination against Covid-19. 
Paris, France (Photo by VOISIN / Phanie / Phanie via AFP)