October 01, 2021
Māori providers try new vax vehicles
Te Whānau o Waipareira is swapping its Wai Vaximus bus for camper vans to get to more people.
Vaccination programme coordinator Rogere Te Whero says it means it can have smaller teams going to more places across West Auckland in the course of a day.
They’re being prepared for deployment next week.
“They’re getting wrapped with what the vision of these camper vans is and there are hopefully going to be our one stop shop. We will not only be able to vaccinate in them, we will be able to swab in them and go to our whānau when our whānau need us,” Ms Te Whero says.
In the south, Manurewa Marae has parked its Shot Cuz bus at Papakura High School.
Marae manager Takutaimoana Kemp says it’s a whole of community approach to vaccination.
“The schools have reached out and asked for support so we’ve engaged with Papakura High School, we did Te Aroha on Tuesday and Wednesday, James Cook next week and yes we have engaged with the rangatahi to help us – they’re out there contacting their schoolmates, their school community to say come on down and get vaccinated,” she says.