The chief executive of South Seas Healthcare Trust Lemalu Silao Vaisola says people are tired of Covid-19 rather than complacent after two years of this pandemic.
He said he has seen fatigue set in which could explain the low uptake of the booster shot in the Pacific community.
“People are just covid fatigued where everything is all about self isolation, traffic lights and the lockdowns.
I think it is just fatigue, people are just tired so I don’t know if it is complacency but it’s been ongoing and two years is a long time to go through changes.”
Sefo said the South Seas Healthcare team are preparing now for Omicron to hit communities just like they have done in the past two years of covid.
He said the team intend to use the Manukau Insititute for Technology campus for a drive booster vaccination to get rates up.
“We still got the MIT sites that’s during vaccinations and we’ve got a drive through vaccination for increasing the boosters and 5-to-11 and on top of that we’ve been training our staff in terms of outreach into the homes.”
Sefo said his organisation was front and centre fighting the Delta strain and he said the experience stands them in good stead.
“We’ve got a good template to respond but again every variant so far provides its own set of challenges.
I’m happy that we’ve sort of almost had two years experience that will position us to hopefully be ready for this, but like I before said before it’s different you don’t really; from what we are seeing overseas we plan for the worst and hope for the best,” he said.
He is encouraging Pacific families to get a booster shot.