Niue, Cook Islands, and Kiribati communities in Auckland are joining hands this weekend to roll up sleeves for COVID-19 vaccinations. Three Vax Pop-Ups & Drive Thrus kick off tomorrow morning in Mangere, Clover Park and Warkworth as well as a Cook Islands Vax Pop-Up on Sunday.
- Niue & Cook Islands Drive Thru Vax, Sat 30th Oct, 8:30am – 4:30pm, LDS Church, 15 Robertson Rd, Māngere
- Kiribati Vax Pop-Up, Sat 30th Oct, 10am – 2pm Warkworth Primary School, 35 Hill St, Warkworth
- St Peter’s Chanel – Catholic Church Pop-Up, Sat 30th Oct, 9am – 3pm, 44 Boundary Rd, Clover Park
- Cook Islands Vax Pop-Up, Sun 31st Oct, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Atiu Hall, 7 Atiu Place, Māngere
The aim is to get as many Pasifika people who have not had their first or second dose of the vaccine to come forward.
According to Ministry of Health statistics 84 percent of Pasifika people have had their first dose while 66 per cent have had their second. The Nelson Marlborough region leads Pasifika vaccination rates with a 95 percent first and second doses.
More than 3 million people are now fully vaccinated in New Zealand. Auckland is edging closer to 90% of people in all three DHB areas having their first dose. Once all of Auckland reaches 90% of the eligible population being fully vaccinated, the region can shift to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the simplified framework last week. It has three levels: Green, Orange and Red. Vaccine certificates are set to provide greater freedoms at each level.
Pasifika Health organisation The Fono will be on site to support this weekend’s vaccination drives.