September 23, 2021
Waka extending reach of vax plan
A coordinator for Waipareira’s vaccination bus says it’s reaching a lot of people who would not normally get out to established vaccination centres.
Rogere Te Where says the rōpū is calling the bus Wai Vaximus, and it’s staffed with a mix of people to the trust and Waitematā District Health Board.
It’s able to get out to far flung places like Rānui and Te Atatū peninsula, where it’s sitting today outside Countdown.
“So we went to their home, so we were outside the caravan park. This is the same thing we are doing everywhere. Our kaumātua are able to come out in their cars, and we will vaccinate them in their cars, they don’t need to get out. It’s definitely worth all the mahi that’s been done,” she says.
Tomorrow Wai Vaximus will be at Kelston Boys High School.
And Manurewa Marae’s Shot Cuz bus is parked by South Mall today and tomorrow.
Marae chair Tunuiarangi McLean says it’s proving an effective way to reach target populations, with more than 70 percent of vaccinated at Clendon over the past two days being Māori and Pacific whānau.