54 days ago

Drive-through vaccination centre at Auckland marae opens

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Papakura Courier

A new vaccination centre has opened at a marae in an effort to get more Māori and Pacific Island people vaccinated.

The drive-through centre in Papakura will jab around 300 people a day, and increase to 500 when it is fully up and running.

The opening on Wednesday coincides with a four day pop-up vaccination event in Mangere.

“The new marae drive-through and pop-up centre are part of our continuing focus on supporting our Māori and Pacific communities, particularly those living in south Auckland in close proximity to the border,” Northern Region Health Coordination Centre director Matt Hannant said.

“Our local Māori and Pacific partners have been very much leading the way in the vaccination rollout, and I particularly want to acknowledge Papakura Marae and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their vital contributions in helping to protect our whānau and communities from COVID-19.”

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