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Pastor Napier is partnering with DHB to vaccinate the homeless and vulnerable.

The Hastings community is in the throes of a vaccine against Covid 19.

Pastor Warren Hack talked to Hawks Bay DHB about vaccinating homeless people with whom he worked.

Pastor Warren Hack talked to Hawks Bay DHB about vaccinating homeless people with whom he worked.
Image: Tom Kitchen

Hastings Church leader Pastor Warren Hackey thought it was important to vaccinate raw sleepers once the level was locked down.

“We set up to provide connection points for the boys we knew would be on the road.

Warren spoke to Hawks Bay DHB and vaccination staff arrived Monday.

But he said some people need to believe in the benefits of vaccination.

“You’re often dealing with a whole bunch of wild fears, and because there’s not much understanding or health literacy here, you end up with ideas that are fragmentary and fragmentary of other ideas.”

“It’s important how we talk to them,” he said.

“If we just said ‘this is a vaccine and you need to get it’, we will have people who can respond, we will have other people who will immediately resist because of the point of view. Will do

“My point of view is to impress myself and just go. This is what happened to me, that’s why I’m doing something and … you know me very well that what I’m saying is made up.” Or is it something I’ve actually experienced or something I know about? “

“It’s not just about protecting the homeless but also the very weak,” he said.

“In the community we work with … the council started calling them Wonao Ponamo and they are our weakest, they are a precious family.”

A man who RNZ Agreed not to be named, lived on the streets but now lives in Hastings’ Top 10 Holiday Park – often used as emergency accommodation.

He spends most mornings at Hastings Church, affiliated with the Assemblies of Good, with a cup of coffee, some weight boxes and a sleeping staff for fruit.

At first, he was unsure about getting vaccinated.

“I was one of those people who would go and let the natural immune system do it.”

But he said through Carrero, he was convinced.

“I want to make sure I’m healthy and I can still stay above ground instead of being one of the numbers.”

And he will definitely be back for his second dose in a few weeks.

“Well, if this is going to save my life, why not?”

JB Hepery Smith, DHB’s Senior Cultural Adviser, assisted in guiding the clinic.

He said it would have to be run a little differently from the standard vaccination center.

“You see, they turn to the homeless, they keep the moss and respect it and it’s their tuck, we’re in their world and we’re respecting it and it’s heartfelt, it’s real. Is.”

After that there was a sharp and meeting and greeting.

“It is led by Krakia and then once we take the cultural lead and anything else, and then we move on to the clinical part.”

He said it was an honor to work with Wonau Poonmao.

Today’s latest figures show that about 97,000 people have received a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Hayek Bay, 66% of the population. More than 50,000 – 34% – were two.

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