Tukaki asks Auckland DHB chairman to step down due to early vaccine

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Maori National Authority Chairman calls on Auckland District Health Council Chairman to step down after admitting he received preferential treatment when he received a Covid-19 vaccination while he was not high on the priority list.

Auckland DHB President Pat Snedden said Checkpoint how he was vaccinated against Covid-19, along with other board members, when many frontline workers have yet to receive the vaccine.

“The opportunity came from the fact that we have been very solidly through the frontline staff at ADHB, pretty much everyone who is in the ADHB side of the patient facing has been offered the vaccination, ”Snedden said.

“We thought that in the context of confidence in science and confidence in the position, we would take the opportunity of the vaccination when it happened and that it would happen just on the day of the end of the council meeting. . “

“The problem for me is pretty glaring,” said Matthew Tukaki. “A chairman of a district health board admitting it’s a privilege, at a time when we have a vaccination program for our frontline workers, our health workers.

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“And unless I’m wrong, those people who sit on a district health board should not get vaccinated for months.”

Tukaki said there was no leadership goal for board members to receive the vaccine.

“There was no announcement on the staff intranet, there was no public press release, no photos taken, there was no promotional video released to the public. Exactly who are they trying to inspire here from their ivory tower – a group of supporters in Remuera?

“Because quite frankly the number of calls I have received throughout the day on this issue, from frontline workers in the Auckland District Health Council and other workers community – it smacks of privilege.

He said ADHB staff had raised concerns with him about board members receiving the vaccination.

“It also appears that these people have not yet been scheduled for their own vaccinations, yet they are working on the front lines within the hospital system.

“So they were deeply concerned and they felt not only a certain degree of arrogance in what Pat Snedden said, but also the fact that they could line up over the most vulnerable people in the community who didn’t. have not yet been scheduled to receive their vaccinations. “

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He said politicians like Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Health Minister (Maori Health) Peeni Henare deserve the priority of vaccination because they have national profiles and deal with communities where questions were asked about taking the vaccine.

“They would have had it in a few months because their profile suggests they were still two or three months away unless I’m wrong… to say or suggest from this leadership tower that they weren’t taking someone’s vaccine. ‘another who couldn’t have had him otherwise in that vulnerable category, I actually think that’s just arrogant.

“There are people who are on a call list who can get the vaccine, who are in this second echelon of frontline community workers who might be around the hospital, or wherever the available vaccine might be.

“In my opinion, Pat needs to go. I am the chairman of the Maori Authority, I am the chairman of a number of boards… Have I been offered the vaccine? No, I didn’t.

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“If I had been offered the vaccine, my message would have been clear. I would jump on social media anyway and try to promote people without being afraid of it, but I would make the point: no, give it to someone else who is further away. before me in the queue, I can wait my turn, because that’s what leadership looks like.

“If I did that kind of thing, I tell you what, I would know it’s time for me to leave the building.”

“I would love to hear what Pat is doing so involved with Auckland DHB that he thinks he should be entitled to a vaccine that a frontline worker would otherwise have.

“This is where this mentality of privilege and the arrogance of the words they speak must end, and we must begin to place our most vulnerable health workers and community workers, as well as our frontline health workers. and community workers at the front of the queue.

“People like Pat and I can wait our turn.”

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