Analysis on COVID-19 vaccine uptake for disabled people published


The Social Wellbeing Agency (the Agency) has been able to estimate the number of disabled people in New Zealand and match that to vaccination data, providing a useful insight for those responsible for the vaccination roll-out in New Zealand.

By creating a methodology for identifying people with functional disabilities alongside the Ministry of Health, the Agency estimated approximately 1.2 million disabled people in New Zealand.

The analysis focused on non-vaccination to demonstrate where more support is needed in the vaccination roll-out.

Key insights include:

  • 90% of disabled people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to non-disabled (83%)
  • 84% of Māori disabled and 85% of Pacific disabled have had at least their first dose, compared to Māori (74%) and Pacific (79%) non-disabled people.
  • Auckland DHBs have the highest vaccination rates for disabled people in the country (92%) 
  • Rates of non-vaccination for the overall disabled population is low. However, the biggest gaps are observed among those with hearing and remembering difficulties.

Analysis was also done to estimate vaccination rates for people with learning (intellectual) disabilities and autistic people, and found those individuals have vaccination rates broadly in line with the non-disabled population. But there are pockets within these communities who are lagging, for instance 12 to 24 year olds with learning impairments (81.6% compared to 83% non-disabled).

The reports can be found here. Additional analysis can be found on our Reports page.

The Social Wellbeing Agency works for the social sector. We use data and insights to help Government and the social sector improve the lives of New Zealanders.

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