The Whānau Ora commissioning agency has taken the Ministry of Health to court to force them to hand over contact details for unvaccinated Māori.
They want to know who hasn’t got the jab, so they can call them up and tell them the vaxi bus is on its way to give them the jab if they want it.
Absolutely great idea.
The entire region of Auckland is in lockdown which means the rest of the country is in Level 2 because we’re waiting for unvaccinated people to get the jab and get us over 90 per cent.
So you bet this is a good idea.
Will the Ministry of Health hand the data over?
“Privacy laws,” says Chris Hipkins.
Now let me ask you this: which right is more important to you right now?
The right to freedom of movement or privacy rights?
The right to open your business and put food on the table for your kids and not lose your house because you’re in debt up to your eyeballs or privacy rights?
The right to Kiwis stuck overseas to come home once the jab rate is high enough or privacy rights?
We are infringing on rights every single minute of every single day for the last 18 months.
We have given police permission to enter people’s homes and make sure they’re sticking to lockdown rules which is a huge violation of rights.
We’re preventing movement, we’re preventing Kiwis coming home, we’re preventing businesses opening, we are even about to prevent people from retaining jobs unless they get the jab.
And on the hierarchy of rights that I care about infringing on right now.
Privacy is dead last.
So the Ministry of Health needs to get out of its own way and hand over that data.