Frontline vaccinators and a leading epidemiologist say Auckland should receive 250,000 Pfizer doses of bonus from the government.
The government has purchased additional food from Spain to deliver the next large shipment from Pfizer in October and to prevent a drop in vaccination rates from the Level 4 warning.
Dr. Rory Johnson helps run a large vaccination center and GPK network in Papua New Guinea.
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“It all has to come in the way of Auckland,” he said.
He said the city was in the midst of an epidemic, but even more at risk, and that it made sense to vaccinate as many people as possible.
University of Auckland epidemiologist Rod Jackson also wanted all the extra food for Tamaki Makurao.
He said there was a strong possibility that there would be another attack on the Delta before Christmas.
The city needs protection.
He said, “In the pre-Delta, I would have said, ‘No big deal, let’s do it uniformly across the country,’ but the Delta is so contagious that I think we need to go to the largest population where all MIQ is.
Phono runs two large vaccination centers and a pop-up drive-in clinic for the Tongan community.
Toyota Funaki, chief executive, agreed that Auckland should receive a large portion of the latest food to keep the city and the country safe.
The epidemic has prompted more people to be vaccinated, mostly saying they want to protect themselves and their families.
“We have to keep up the pace.”
If Auckland used all the extra doses, it would not stop other vaccinations across the country, but it could mean that they would have to slow down the spread until they had more.
Nikki Turner of the Immunization Advisory Center said she did not think it was necessary to give the city an extra dose of fresh food.
“If we had a shortage of vaccines, yes, I think we might have preferred Auckland, but in that case I think it’s really important that we go everywhere,” he said.
No matter where we are in New Zealand, there is still a threat of cowardice to our communities.
Even Auckland Mayor Phil Goff – who has long insisted on Tamaki Makurao’s preference – said he was OK with the spread of bonus food across the country.
“The city’s vaccinators are doing a great job, and it was easy to book or get a place on foot,” he said.
He said the focus should be on the necessary manpower in the city.
But Jackson said a highly vaccinated population had a better chance of stopping the spread of the virus – and Auckland was where it would reach most.
“If it looks like it will slip across the border, we want the person who could be vaccinated,” he said.
Fanaki and Johnson said that although their teams were already vaccinating in large numbers, they could have done more if there had been a supply.
As all GPs and pharmacies are looking forward to participating.
Johnson said the city is receiving tremendous support from the rest of Aotearoa.
He thought they would understand that if Auckland took all the extra food, it would help keep everyone safe.
The next major Pfizer shipment of 1.8 million doses was due next month, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would announce details of another deal for additional doses next week.