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National questions COVID vaccine rollout

While it is good news that New Zealand is working towards a vaccine roll out, Kiwis are still left with more questions than answers, says National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop.

Earlier today, the Government announced that it had secured two new vaccines, which it says will be rolled out next year.

With the additional of the two new vaccines, there is now four COVID-19 vaccines set to be available in New Zealand. 

Prime MInister Jacinda Ardern says there will now be enough for every New Zealand.

National says there are still some questions that need to be answered.

“We still don’t know if the vaccine agreements New Zealand has entered into are binding and committed, the last thing we want to see is vaccines not reaching us because our contracts aren’t binding," says Bishop.

“There needs to be more detail around the progress on how to store the vaccine, especially for the Pfizer vaccine that needs to be stored in extremely cold temperatures. Freezers haven’t even arrived in the country despite knowing for months they will be needed."

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says preparations are well in hand to gear up for what would be New Zealand’s largest ever immunisation programme.

“New Zealand has never before attempted an immunisation programme of this scale and complexity. We’re putting all of the building blocks in place to make it run as seamlessly as possible.

“The Ministry has also purchased nine large minus 80 degree Celsius freezers that can store more than 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. They are on track to arrive by the end of the year.”

Despite the Governments confidence, Bishop believes Kiwis will be cautious.

“Kiwis will be rightfully cautious given the Government’s history of rolling out vaccines. Meningitis, measles and the flu have all shown this Government to be hopeless with vaccinations. The Government better step up its game for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The process for vaccinating all New Zealanders also raises questions. The Government has rightly said it intends to vaccinate border workers and essential staff first and then move on to the public, but what is the plan for this?

Hipkins says workforce planning to ensure NZ has enough vaccinators is well advanced.

"There are around 12,000 health professionals already able to administer vaccines and more will be trained."

Systems are on track to deliver the first vaccines to border workers in the second quarter of 2021.

Vaccinations will then be available to the general population in the second half of the year.

Bishop says those groups that were recommended to get the flu vaccine early this year are the same groups that should be next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The four pre-purchase agreements secured to date are:

  •   •  750,000 courses from Pfizer/BioNTech;

  •   •  5 million courses from Janssen;

  •   •  3.8 million courses from the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca; and

  •   •  5.36 million courses from Novavax.

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Pappork

Posted on 19-12-2020 10:11 | By

I could give loads of examples but I don’t feel the need to. Some people just do not see it nor want to see it. They dutifully stand behind their regime due to misplaced loyalty and brainwashing. Like those nodding goons that are rolled out to stand behind the PM. No post is pointless. They have the desired effect. Don’t like, don’t read it. There are plenty of dimwits about. That’s just a fact. I have never said it is the entire population so you really need to learn to read. Putting words into other people’s posts and misrepresenting what they have said is a Trump technique. P.s. you’re are wrong about the reason for the border staying shut and you’re “infection rate” logic. That is not the reason, as per the regime/scientists. See, you even need me to correct you trying to correct me!

@Slim Shady

Posted on 18-12-2020 12:58 | By morepork

As you believe this is BS, can you give us some examples to support this assertion? Borders stay shut even after vaccinations start because the said vaccinations need some time to affect the infection rate. It is not BS, it is sound commonsense. Referring to the population (or anyone other than yourself) as dim, and repeating it, is a Trump technique that is based on the flawed assumption that if something is repeated often enough, it becomes true. If you can’t support the assertions in your post, then the post is pointless.

Good

Posted on 18-12-2020 07:59 | By

Somebody has to see through the BS fed us by this regime. The latest is that borders stay shut even after the vaccines are rolled out - gotta keep the selfish and stupid people safe. Pandering to the dim yet again.

National are

Posted on 18-12-2020 07:54 | By Merlin

National are still negative about eveything the Government is doing.Whilst it is the oppositions job to hold the government to account all this negatism I feel does not help them in their rebuilding process.