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Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker has today written to the Minister of Health David Clark requesting more MMR vaccines for the southern district.

“With a cumulative total of 67 cases in the southern district, including in Queenstown and Gore, I have written to the Minister requesting the same policy as what’s currently in place in Northland,” Mr Walker says.

This would mean:

  • Ensuring all children receive their MMR vaccinations on time at 15 months and 4 years
  • One catch up dose of MMR for those aged 5 -29 years who do not have one documented MMR vaccination
  • People aged 30-50 years based on clinical judgement, such as those who live with someone unable to be immunised, are frontline healthcare staff or teachers at an early childhood centre, primary or secondary school, who do not have one documented MMR vaccination.

“The southern region has just ten fewer cases than Northland, so it’s incredibly concerning we have no extra measures in place to protect people from measles.”

“It’s also incredibly worrying those who are most at risk of contracting measles cannot be protected by having those around them immunised if they are not already.”

“Multiple people have contacted my office concerned they cannot access the MMR vaccine.”

“I’ve asked the Minister to intervene to give the southern district more protection, which I hope will prevent the current outbreak getting any worse.”

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