Two COVID vaccine doses Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich from Pexels
Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich from Pexels

Lloyd Burr: Nearly 90,000 Kiwis who had their first dose more than 6 weeks ago, haven’t had their second

Lloyd Burr 05/11/2021

OPINION: While most of the government’s vaccination focus has been on getting people to have their first jabs, I do wonder if they’ve forgotten about those who need their second jab. 

Nearly 90,000 Kiwis who had their first dose more than 6 weeks ago, haven’t had their second. 

It’s a worrying statistic. 

And it will be worrying our political leaders. Why hasn’t this group of people gone all the way and got fully vaccinated? 

Is it laziness? Reluctance? Cold feet? Circumstance change? 

And where do they live? Are they in parts of the country where there’s no acute outbreak? 

Or are they at the heart of the outbreak in Auckland? 

Has the messaging not worked and they don’t realise they need a second dose? 

If I was Chris Hipkins, or Jacinda Ardern, or Ashley Bloomfield, I’d be asking my officials for details on this. 

I’d be worried about this missing 10th of a million. They could be the ones that get us across the line to freedom. 

90,000 partially-vaccinated Kiwis could so easily be turned into 90,000 fully vaccinated kiwis. 

They could so easily bolster the vaccination figures, and bolster the path towards the government’s 90% vaccination target. 

So where’s the urgency from the government on this? Where’s the second-dose drive? 

It’s been three weeks since Super Saturday. It’s time to boost the messaging around second doses. 

It’s time to get these 90,000 people across the line, instead of dragging the line.

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