Covid 19: New model shows Māori, Pasifika at higher risk of hospitalisation

A NZ Herald article.

Māori and Pacific people are more than twice as likely to be hospitalised for Covid-19, finds new research that’s prompted a call to officials currently prioritising vaccine shots.

Experts have previously warned Māori and Pacific people are at higher risk – partly because of healthcare inequity – but fresh modelling by Te Punaha Matatini researchers has put that danger into numbers.

Using a mix of data covering age, deprivation, pre-existing health conditions and the clinical outcomes of more than 1800 Covid-19 cases reported in New Zealand, the researchers were able to break down risk of hospitalisation by ethnicity.

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