Epidemiologist: 'Carrots for the vaccinated and sticks for the unvaccinated'

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 26 Oct 2021, 10:15AM
(Photo / Alex Burton)
(Photo / Alex Burton)

Epidemiologist: 'Carrots for the vaccinated and sticks for the unvaccinated'

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 26 Oct 2021, 10:15AM

Concern from one epidemiologist about a drop in vaccinations around the country over the long weekend. 

Eight of Auckland's 16 vaccination centres and six of Waikato's seven vaccination centres were closed, including the vaccination centre in Te Awamutu - the new epicentre of Waikato's cases. 

Only a quarter of the testing and vaccination sites listed on the Healthpoint directory, were open through Labour Weekend. 

Auckland University's Rod Jackson told Mike Hosking it's concerning, if demand for vaccination is slipping, and people are becoming complacent. 

“We’re just not trying hard enough.” 

The Ministry of Health says DHBs understand their communities, and have been providing vaccinations and testing when and where it's needed. 

Jackson says we need carrots for the vaccinated and sticks for the unvaccinated. 

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