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The south’s battle with measles is getting worse and the Government is failing to protect anyone outside of Auckland, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.

“Over the past few weeks, the Southern DHB saw increasing numbers of measles cases while the national trend has been for cases to start falling away,” Mr Walker says.

“Even worse, the week ended October 4, there were 19 new cases in the southern district, almost as much as the 21 from all of the other regions outside of Auckland put together.”

“There’s no evidence that Julie Anne Genter or the Ministry of Health has a plan to support the southern region through this measles outbreak, despite the recent reports of a high number of cases amongst ski resort workers.”

“I’ve had a number of constituents contact my offices struggling to access the vaccine.”

“It appears that even though the numbers show the southern district is facing an outbreak, vaccines aren’t making it south of Auckland.”

“This Government needs to develop a plan to support regional and provincial New Zealand in this outbreak, especially here in the southern district.”

“This includes providing vaccines for everyone under 50, authorising pharmacists to administer the MMR vaccine, reinstating health targets and working harder to get more measles vaccines so New Zealanders can be protected.”

“She’s claimed that 100,000 additional vaccines have now arrived in New Zealand, so there’s no reason not to ensure everyone under 50 is vaccinated.”

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