Head of MIQ Brigadier Jim Bliss receives second COVID-19 Vaccine dose – video

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Second doses are underway for many Border workers, including Head of Managed Isolation and Quarantine Brigadier Jim Bliss, who received his on March 17 at Jet Park in Auckland.

“It’s good to have the second shot and to be at the Jet Park with some of our frontline staff. It’s important for them to get the vaccine and to add another layer of protection for them and their families and our community,” said Brigadier Bliss.

“We have more than 4000 MIQ staff on the frontline. They are our frontline defence against COVID-19, so across our 32 facilities, it’s really important for us that we protect them, look after them so they can all do their job keeping us all safe as a community.”


From experiences in the New Zealand Army, Brigadier Bliss says a large number of communities do not have an opportunity to get vaccinated.

“From my own experiences in the army, serving overseas, the number of communities that don’t have the opportunity to get vaccinated takes a terrible toll on a population,” said Brigadier Bliss.

He also mentions that if anyone is hesitant or unsure of getting the vaccination, they should seek medical professionals’ advice.

More than 500 of the estimated 15,000 Border and MIQ workers have received the second dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. 91 percent of all have so far received their first vaccination.

Image/Video: Ministry of Health [Government Newswire]

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