Pacific Community Education
The Covid-19 vaccine is FREE. It is your choice to have the vaccine.
NZ will have enough vaccine for EVERYONE who chooses to be vaccinated.
The Covid-19 Vaccine rollout is well underway in New Zealand, with over 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine already given. Over 60,000 of these vaccines have been to people who identify as Pacific. While this is a great start for our Pacific community and our country, we know that there are many more people who have not been vaccinated yet. By protecting ourselves with the vaccine we are also protecting our families, communities and Pacific neighbours by reducing the chance of taking the virus home to our Pacific nations when we are eventually able to travel more freely.
Karyn Ne’emia, Pacific Equity Manager and the AH+ Pacific Equity team (with the support of CMDHB) are leading an important programme rollout of Covid Vaccine Education sessions, delivered within church and community group settings providing a familiar environment where attendees feel comfortable. The programme began (unfunded) in April 2021 as a direct response to a need that was initially identified through our close relationship with our Healthy Village Action Zone churches.
The team coordinates and plans the education sessions which are delivered by the team as well as a panel of Pacific Clinicians which is formed from clinicians within AH+, the AH+ general practice network and collaborating professionals. The team delivers factual information and answers any questions the group has. In most cases, the clinicians on the panel speak the Pacific language of the group they are visiting, removing any possibility of a language barrier.
Feedback has shown that this in-person, face-to-face education is playing a large role in the vaccine decision-making process for many of the session attendees.
In recent weeks, with the opening of Pacific church group vaccinations, we have also been supporting groups to book either as a group or individually to be vaccinated.
To date, 15 sessions have been delivered to various Pacific church and community groups directly reaching approximately 1,000 people, and indirectly, many many more as attendees take the information home to family and friends. There are more sessions planned for the weeks ahead.
If your Pacific church or community group is interested in taking part in a Covid vaccination education session please contact:
Aumua To’o Vagea
09 588 4260