Southern DHB uncertain of how many individuals in every vaccine group

Doctor preparing a drug or vaccine in the clinic.

2021-07-11 12:36:55

The top of Southern DHB’s vaccine rollout says it’s troublesome to trace the variety of folks in every vaccine group in Otago and Southland.

Doctor preparing a drug or vaccine in the clinic.

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The DHB has beforehand referred questions on how many individuals have been in every precedence group to the Ministry of Well being.

When requested how many individuals have been in every group, Southern DHB vaccine rollout co-leader Karl Metzler solely gave an estimate that there have been 100,000 folks in group 3 in Otago and Southland.

“Yeah that is like how lengthy is a chunk of string,” he stated.

“Off the highest of my head I haven’t got that knowledge as a result of we’re nonetheless actually working our manner by way of group 3 and due to provide constraints and the brand new reserving system, it is actually troublesome at this stage to trace these numbers precisely.”

Group 2 – frontline staff and people dwelling in high-risk locations – weren’t far off being completed, he stated.

He wished the DHB to ramp up its efforts to vaccinate group 3 which incorporates people who find themselves aged 65 and older, have a related underlying well being situation, are pregnant or disabled.

“Group 3 we actually have to prioritise them in direction of early to mid-August as a result of clearly, comms are going to come back out nationally round group 4, and we do not need them overlapping one another. We have to get Group 3 completed so there’s an actual precedence,” Metzler stated.

“There might be some overlap with teams 3 and 4, significantly in our rural areas. You simply cannot keep away from it however that is not a problem.

“Our fundamental factor is everybody will get the vaccine by the tip of December.”

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