Saturday, November 27

The Pacific community makes a great vaccination effort


Today, there was a street festival atmosphere at many Vaxathon events organized by Pasifika across the country.

Langimalie Supervax event in Onehunga, Auckland, led by the Tongan Health Society.  The society's CEO, Dr. Glenn Doherty (center), says they are administering 100 doses per hour.

Langimalie Supervax event in Onehunga, Auckland, led by the Tongan Health Society. The society’s CEO, Dr. Glenn Doherty (center), says they are administering 100 doses per hour.
Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen

Thousands of people from the Pacific have had the opportunity to get vaccinated against Covid-19, and the organizers go out of their way to make many events as fun as possible.

In Onehunga, at the Langimalie Supervax Event, long lines of cars held occupants waiting to be vaccinated, while outside people danced in the streets, waving Tongan flags and brightening the mood of everyone around them.

Tonga Health Society executive director Dr. Glenn Doherty said they were administering 100 doses of vaccines per hour at the event.

In Ōtara, while the atmosphere was more relaxed, the long lines still wound slowly around the MIT parking lot as large numbers of people waited for their doses.

Samoan flags flew at the Super Saturday vaccination event at the Browns Road netball courts in Manurewa, and those who attended received a dose of Siva Samoa with its vaccine.

The Samoan community distributed food packages, sanitary products and gasoline vouchers.

At Māngere, at the LDS church on Robertson Road, it was all about the Kuki Airani culture.

The youth-led vaccination event ‘Do it 4 the East’ in East Porirua’s Cannons Creek featured live music and performances, raffles, food and basketball.

It was there that the crowd was able to see the Director General of Health, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, spread his legs towards the beloved Roimata.

When Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked people who they vaccinated for, they responded “Orient!”

On the South Island, members of the Nelson Tasman Pasifika Community Fund attended whānau day at Nelson Middle School.

Around 100 people had been hit by Covid-19 by noon.

Nelson Tasman Pasifika Community Trust President Sonny Alesana said that communicating on social media is helping to increase the number of Pasifika vaccinated on the top of the South Island.

*Additional information from Penina Momoiseā from The Coconet TV.




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