The Ministry of Health has worked with DHBs and the distributors on a stocktake of MMR vaccine supplies.
As a result of this work the Ministry has greater clarity on the distribution of vaccines both in general practices and in national and regional stores. This information will be used to manage the distribution of supplies to ensure vaccine is available to manage the outbreak in Auckland and meet demand elsewhere.
The immediate actions resulting from the stocktake are:
- Redistribution of national vaccine supplies, with a focus on Auckland. For the Auckland region, the three DHBs are working directly with PHOs and practices to manage stock and distribution. The Auckland DHBs are leading this work.
- For the rest of the country, the Ministry and PHARMAC are working with the distributors to prioritise the distribution of vaccines to practices and PHOs that are low on stock or have run out temporarily. The Ministry will work with DHBs to establish arrangements for PHOs locally to redistribute vaccine between practices if required.
Over 54,000 doses of vaccine were distributed last week. This is great news as it means the vaccine is in communities. What’s more, additional vaccine is set to arrive in the country this weekend.
In the meantime, it is important for the Ministry and PHARMAC to manage the supplies we do have appropriately.
The message about vaccination remains the same - all children should get their vaccinations on time to ensure the National Immunisation Schedule remains on track. In Auckland vaccination efforts are targeting those communities most affected, namely Pacific peoples, and children under 4 years of age and aged between 15 and 29 years to get on top of the outbreak.