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Covid 19 is a major concern for vaccinators, contact tracers, testers.

According to the owners, Coppa Maori vaccinators and testers going to “hell for the skin” are forced to take several days off, while Pacifica contact tracers are “standing on the edge”.

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John Temihera, chief executive of the Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust, says staff have had to take a 48-hour break or work “until they fall.”
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Burnout has become a major concern.

A total of 38,000 contacts have been reported from the outbreak, compared to less than 2,000 in the previous February.

Dr. Colin Tokyotunga, a senior member of the Pacifica Medical Association, said the number was “very high” and that signs of bilingual contact were rare – especially those who spoke Simon – despite the addition of additional interpreters.

“We have a very limited number of people with the right skills and expertise and that’s why there’s a lot of pressure on these few people. That they are “down.”

He said many people were “dense” and “wandering around the edges”.

Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust kaimahi are also at high risk of burns, vaccinating 3,000 people a day and sweeping up to 800.

The trust’s chief executive, John Tamehre (Ngati Puro’s Horaki, Wakathia), said he started at 7.30am and worked every evening.

“We need to go to hell for the leather in the lockdown. [level] 4 … Because when people go back to work, the number of nine shows on appointments increases dramatically. “

Tamihera said staff would have to take a 48-hour break or work “until they fall.”

“A lot of them have to force you to stand down. They’re in a mood. It looks like they won’t stop fighting until they run out of ammunition.”

Pacifica and Maori organizations that run vaccination and testing stations also often run GP services, kai support and social services.

Dr. Raveri Johnson (Ngati Raukawa), Tamaki Makurao GP and Clinical Director of the Hoora Coalition, said it was “an incredible task” that put the staff in the lockdown “under a lot of pressure and a lot of pressure”.

But he felt that burns could be avoided, with strict rostering and mandatory time off, to ensure that people could recharge with their loved ones.

That’s what helped him get through.

“I want to respect their support for them, take the time, avoid the burnout and have some standard time with them because, after all, it’s about Wanao.”

Dr Johnson said it was important for service managers to take time off to take care of themselves.

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