NZ govt and media pushing the flu jab and a false narrative about hospitals under pressure

NZ govt and media pushing the flu jab and a false narrative about hospitals under pressure

“My ask of everyone: please get your flu jab and, alongside that, masks – they also have the added benefit to help the spread of flu as well.” 


Jacinda Adern 

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There is one huge, Goebbels-style lie in this country. They are trying to get every single last person “vaxxed” with a death jab while, at the same time, pushing a story of hospitals overwhelmed because of “flu” to get people to take flu jabs.

Yet we are told that there has been no flu for TWO years.

 

MORE BRIBERY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 🏨🤑

Maybe, just maybe, the 50% uptake rate is because:

1️⃣ Staff know the flu jab has pathetic efficacy at the best of times.

2️⃣ They’re sick of being DHB pin-cushions. 🤷‍♀️

“A night in a luxury hotel is being used to entice staff at the Taranaki District Health Board to get a flu vaccination as it declares itself a ‘Fortress’ against winter ailments.

“We’re calling ourselves a fortress because actually we’ve got to stay strong. We’ve got to vaccinate ourselves, we’ve got to be well for our communities.”

Only about 50 percent of staff have had the jab so far and close to 200 kaimahi are off sick on any one day – absences compounding an already stubborn list of vacancies.

“Bribery works doesn’t it, so the whole idea was just to give them a nice staycation experience, and we’ve put up one of our Premium Lux Suites.

“So, they’re valued at around $380 per night, French bath tub, balcony, seaviews, super king bed, beautiful rain shower and all the treats, Ozone coffee, Public Catering biscuits and all here in the heart of the West End Precinct.”

“Every week for the next seven to eight weeks we’ve got something to give away, so that’s from coffee vouchers, to Pressie cards, to Centre City vouchers, movie vouchers and then we’ve also got a Google speaker we are going to give away.

“We’ve got food hampers to give to the first five departments that get to 80 percent immunised and we also have that big prize of the Kings and Queens night.”

—Voices for Freedom, via Telegram

‘Bribery works, doesn’t it?’ – Hotel stay offered to raise DHB vax rates

A night in a luxury hotel is being used to entice staff at the Taranaki District Health Board to get a flu vaccination as it declares itself a ‘Fortress’ against winter ailments.

Cameron Grant-Fargie

Cameron Grant-Fargie said a healthy staff was crucial to the DHB being able to do its job. Photo: Robin Martin

Only about 50 percent of staff have had the jab so far and close to 200 kaimahi are off sick on any one day – absences compounding an already stubborn list of vacancies.

A roving vaccination unit is going from ward to ward across both day and night shifts at Taranaki Base Hospital in an effort to get staffed immunised against the flu.

Integrated Operations Centre manager Cameron Grant-Fargie said a healthy staff was crucial to the DHB being able to do its job.

“We’re calling ourselves a fortress because actually we’ve got to stay strong. We’ve got to vaccinate ourselves, we’ve got to be well for our communities.

“We’re sitting around 50 percent of our staff vaccinated right now but in previous years we’ve been sitting around 87 percent.”

He said between 5 and 7 percent of the DHB’s 2500 staff were on sick leave with flu, Covid or other respiratory illnesses on any given day.

That combined with an occupancy rate of about 97 percent across the DHB’s two hospitals – including an average of 10 Covid in-patients – meant the system was under stress.

“I would say we’re under pressure and we’re challenged by recruitment of staff at the borders because they’ve been closed for quite a while.

“We normally rely on a decent amount of inward flow of internationally qualified staff, so that on top of sick leave does challenge us.

“So we would probably describe ourselves as having some pressures.”

Occupational Health Nurse Lauren Piercy was in charge of getting staff vaxxed against the flu.

She was confident the DHB would hit the 80 percent immunised target.

“We’re doing really well, we’re now at 51 percent and I just think it’s that availability and people getting used to being familiar with having flu again this year because we’ve had two years of not having flu because of the borders being closed.”

And then there were those prizes.

“Every week for the next seven to eight weeks we’ve got something to give away, so that’s from coffee vouchers, to Pressie cards, to Centre City vouchers, movie vouchers and then we’ve also got a Google speaker we are going to give away.

“We’ve got food hampers to give to the first five departments that get to 80 percent immunised and we also have that big prize of the Kings and Queens night.”

Kings and Queens Hotel Suites general manager Daniel Fleming said the business was keen to support the DHB during what were difficult times.

“Bribery works doesn’t it, so the whole idea was just to give them a nice staycation experience, and we’ve put up one of our Premium Lux Suites.

“So, they’re valued at around $380 per night, French bath tub, balcony, seaviews, super king bed, beautiful rain shower and all the treats, Ozone coffee, Public Catering biscuits and all here in the heart of the West End Precinct.”

It appeared to be doing the trick.

“From what I’ve heard so far it’s working and people are pretty excited to at least have the opportunity to win something and I think it’s nice. I think it’s just another way of incentivising [people to get the jab].

“I think people will be keen. I think everybody needs a break at the moment and everybody’s under a bit of pressure and stress.”

Piercy said there had been a few cheeky notes coming through on vaccination paperwork.

“There has been a few people sending through their forms now saying they are the winner of the Kings and Queens night, so there’s definitely been a big uptake since that’s been announced, and I mean who wouldn’t be excited about a night away there?”

Coinciding with the Fortress DHB initiative visitor screening kiosks have also been rolled out at all public entrances to Taranaki DHB buildings.

The touch screens ask visitors health-related questions including whether they have got flu or Covid symptoms or if people are isolating at their address.

PM Jacinda Ardern pleads with New Zealanders to wear masks, get flu vaccinations as pressure piles on emergency departments

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealanders’ receiving their flu vaccinations will help ease the burden on the country’s emergency departments.

Ardern spoke to AM on Monday, where host Ryan Bridge asked about New Zealand’s upcoming health reforms and whether they would help ease those burdens. 

In the interview with Bridge, Ardern rejected the reforms – where all of New Zealand’s district health boards will be scrapped in favour of a national entity known as Health NZ – were simply about funding a “new bureaucracy”.

“That is not at all what Health NZ is,” she said.

Ardern said the reforms were about creating a national health service.

She said the Government was reforming the system because the current one was failing.

Amid reports of pressurised emergency departments, Ardern reiterated New Zealanders should get their flu vaccinations up. 

“We anticipated that this would be a very hard winter,” she said. “We have the combined effects of… continuing to manage COVID-19 but flu in Counties has overtaken COVID for respiratory-related hospitalisations.”

Ardern said other respiratory illnesses were also impacting the health system.

“Winter is always a tough time but it is particularly tough because we haven’t had flu for two years, and now we have it with a vengeance.”

Ardern said there were things the Government and New Zealanders could do to ease the burden.

She pointed to Counties Manukau DHB, which has funded local GPs to help out at weekends. 

“Our primary care providers – our GPs – are doing an exceptional job,” Ardern said.

“My ask of everyone: please get your flu jab and, alongside that, masks – they also have the added benefit to help the spread of flu as well.”  

I will remind you of the situation, as per official statistics

 

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