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Murray Drive-Throw Vaccine: ‘I want to do it in my community’

With large numbers of people queuing up at Auckland’s first drive-through vaccination site today, there is much hope that the move will promote lower vaccination rates in Maori.

T. Rangira Royal with her mother, Matthias Harwood, at Auckland's first drive-through vaccination site.

T. Rangira Royal with her mother, Matthias Harwood, at Auckland’s first drive-through vaccination site.
Image: RNZ / Te Aniwa Hurihanganui

Thirty-five staff are managing the site in Papacura Mare and expect to vaccinate 500 people daily.

Fifteen-year-old T. Rangiwara was wearing a royal mask and was ready to go.

The King’s College student was a little ahead of the rest of the country’s young adolescents, with 12- to 15-year-olds now eligible.

“I’m nervous. I hope it doesn’t hurt.”

T. Rangira was accompanied by his mother, Maori GP Matter Harwood.

“I’m more worried he’s going to faint on camera, and I just thought of all the kids who were going to faint on camera,” he joked.

The couple could get the vaccine at any number of vaccination sites in South Auckland, but they specifically wanted it to be done in a place where they felt most at home.

“We were invited to the vaccination center at the airport over the weekend and I talked to him about it but he said, ‘No mom, I want to do it in my community,’ that’s why we’re here. Have come

That’s why vaccination sites in Murray were so important – because they were places where the Maori knew and were reliable, “said Tony Kake, Papakura Murray’s chief executive.

“Wanao Maori has faith and confidence in us, and I swear it’s a bit of a no-brainer, but it’s a fact,” he said.

“We really want to encourage our Wanao Maori to not only kill papacura but also to go to any vaccination center across the country.”

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Image: RNZ / Te Aniwa Hurihanganui

It is a message that M ماori workers are also going home under increasing pressure to increase Mوریori vaccination rates.

Willie Jackson acknowledged today that the government’s epidemic response could have been better in some areas, but that changes are being made today, including a new online portal on the T-Pony Cockery website where Maori important information about the vaccine in one place. Can get

When the Prime Minister is talking, all this information comes out at one o’clock every day so that our people know what the vaccination rate is. [and] It remains to be seen where Murray will go, “he said.

Meanwhile, Papacura Murray Drive will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every week and no booking is required.

Kake said the process was easy.

“First, you’re standing in line outside on the street, you have a big Kia Ora, Kia Ora, welcome, welcome! They do a quick screen, get your NHI number, get your details. Yes. Vaccinate us and get a job, “he said.

“We use the weapon of the left and the right. Whatever window is free, we will put it in one.”

Matt Hunant, director of the vaccination program at the Northern Region Health Coordination Center, said it could be the first of several marijuana drives across Auckland.

“We’re looking into it, we’re talking to a lot of different providers,” he said.

“The drive-thru model is proving very popular in the community. We have driven more than 40,000 people through the drive-thrus we have at airports and trust arenas.”

The 35 staff working on Papakura Murray Drive hope to vaccinate 500 people a day.

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