Indigenous Covid-19 vaccination rates lag behind those for other Australians due to poor federal and state government planning, researchers say.
Coupled with a revolving-door approach to vaccine advice, it has led to a shortage of trained workers to put jabs in arms and vaccine hesitancy in vulnerable communities, according to the University of NSW team.
“This substantial policy oversight reflects a failure of moral human rights responsibility for Australian First Nations people,” say the authors of the paper published in Jama Health Forum.
It has also undermined planning, strategy and prevention work undertaken by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.
The researchers say existing inequalities including poor healthcare access, overcrowded living conditions and chronic health issues should have led to a more targeted and prioritised response.
Instead, it has increased the risk of the virus spreading, chronic illness and death in hundreds of communities across the country where Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander double dose rates languish about 20 per cent lower than the national average.
“It is evident governments have not been listening or properly consulting with First Nation peoples,” says the Indigenous health expert Prof
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