Should Asian NZers be prioritised for Covid vaccinations?

Joel Maxwell writes in Stuff:

Do Māori need a specific plan for vaccination roll-out? …

 I think that there needs to be a specific plan for rolling out vaccination into Māori communities.

Like the bogeyman of council Māori wards, which is being eased by urgent legislation under this , there are times when specific action for Māori is needed.

So what is the Government doing?

Initially, Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins told media, when questioned about a specific plan for Māori, that the vaccine roll-out would be based on risk.

“And Māori are disproportionately represented in those [at risk] groups, who will receive the vaccine early.”

If we look at the infection stats for Covid-19, then Asian NZers should be the priority, not Maori.

Here's the infection and population stats for Covid-19.

  • Europeans – 60.6% of cases, 71.7% of population
  • Asian – 19.6% of cases, 15.1% of population
  • Maori – 8.4% of cases, 16.5% of population
  • Pacific – 8.1% of cases, 8.1% of population

So the ratio of cases to population is:

  1. Asian 130%
  2. Pacific 100%
  3. Europeans 85%
  4. Maori 51%

So in fact Maori are the least likely ethnic group to be infected.

But I suspect facts and data will be meaningless when it comes to virtue signalling.

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