To date the game has been low targets that the underfunded Health system can manage while quietly pushing the actual vaccination program of the whole population further and further and further down the track.
Because there hasn’t been an outbreak, it’s a game that is winning.
Kiwis aren’t used to thinking about one thing for too long, thinking requires trying and no one in NZ likes being a try hard.
We are so laid back we are horizontal.
That laid back nature can turn in a second with a visceral negative egalitarianism that screams ‘I sacrificed- why am I being punished with another lock down’.
Luckily for the Government the cock ups and vast failures of the vaccine program have avoided any political fall out because the virus has been kept at bay.
About 3800 border workers haven’t had a single vaccine jab yet, nor have about half of the 50,000-odd household contacts of border workers who are meant to be at the top of the priority queue.
And the latest figures suggest there are about 1100 workers at the border who are not getting tested within the required timeframe.
Aucklanders are coming forward with more issues concerning the region’s Covid vaccine rollout, including vaccination centres being booked until August, records being lost and eight-week waits for a second jab.
There are fundamental questions about the rapidly approaching Covid-19 vaccine rollout to the wider New Zealand population which remain unanswered just six weeks before it’s due to begin.
And the Ministry of Health appears indifferent to requests for information and in a number of instances does not provide clear answers to the questions the media is asking on behalf of Kiwis.
It is becoming harder and harder for the Government to credibly say that the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out is going according to plan.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted on Thursday that the “wide roll-out” in July wouldn’t actually include the entire 16+ population, as the Government had forecast when it first created this plan earlier this year.
Instead, because we still have only around a tenth of the vaccines needed in the country, it will be staggered by age, with those aged 60 or over able to get the vaccine from July 28. That’s just five years younger than the current age cutoff.
By October, the Government expects to actually be able to offer the vaccine to every adult in the country, months after most of the nations we compare ourselves to
The lax vaccine roll out is caused by not enough supply and not enough people to administer the shots inside our underfunded public health system.
Kiwis will put up with this because the constant overseas images of Covid horror put glib complaints about vaccine roll outs into perspective but that all changes if we get a break out and are plunged into another lockdown- at that point Labour’s hollow assurances will get savaged.
Best case scenario: Vaccines are not held up, the virus doesn’t mutate and after a strong public health messaging campaign we gain herd immunity by June 2022.
Worst case scenario: Vaccines are held up, the virus mutates, the underfunded health system implodes trying to vaccinate everyone, social media is filled with angry people who can’t get the vaccine, we have an outbreak and are forced back into lockdown. We don’t gain Herd immunity.
There is everything riding on this vaccine roll out.
All those in NZ currently screaming at any criticism of the vaccine roll out better hope our incompetent health system delivers or they will be scrubbing their social media timelines clean – this is after all the same health system that fucked up the measles fiasco.
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