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Māori attitudes towards vaccination in Aotearoa New Zealand

24 months
Approved budget:
Miss Grace Davies
Dr Esther Willing
Health issue:
Infectious disease
Proposal type:
Māori Health Masters Scholarship
Lay summary
Māori immunisation rates are significantly lower than non-Māori immunisaiton rates throughout Aotearoa in both COVID-19 and childhood immunisation rates. The disparities and rates between Māori and non-Māori are only going to increase. It is clear from these rates that current immunisation programmes and strategies are not beneficial for Māori, and as health workers it is vital that we understand why so we can alter/adapt our immunisation programmes and strategies to work for Māori. In this proposed research project, we will be exploring Māori attitudes across all ages towards vaccinations in Aotearoa, in paticular Māori living in a Māori pa community in Porirua, Wellington. A literature review and focus groups will be conducted with residents of the Takapuwahia pa community in Porirua, where the results will be used to make recomendations regarding future immunisation campaigns, services and strategies throughout Aotearoa.