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Trainee nurses boost Maori vax workforce

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Whitireia has put all its nursing students through immunisation training so they can help with the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.

The Porirua-based polytechnic offers Māori and Pacific bachelor of nursing degrees.

Māori nursing tutor Verna Whitford says the training was done on campus by the Immunisation Advisory Centre.

The students also require a certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to vaccinate.

Capital and Coast District Health Board removed the fee for CPR training for the students.

She says adding the nurses to the vaccination workforce for not just Covid-19 but MMR and influenza will allow Māori and Pacific communities to connect with health professionals and go through the vaccination process in a culturally competent and confident way.

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