November 25, 2021
Papakura Marae gets vax surge
Papakura Marae is looking forward to a surge next week from the Waipareira vaccination teams.
Chief executive Tony Kake believes there is a turning of the tide as people realise they may be stuck in Auckland if they are not double vaccinated.
They’re still seeing 90 to 120 people a day at the marae’s drive through vaccination centre, but a lot in the Māori community still haven’t had a first dose.
The household level data Waipareira has unlocked from the Health Ministry will allow the teams to identify unvaccinated Māori who the marae hasn’t been able to reach with the data available to Papakura’s GP practices and its own health clinic.
“And it is about going to the homes, it is about talking through the issues with the whānau , be it access, be it not enough gas or it is not a priority for them at the moment. We want to get to that level and have our kai manaaki having that kōrero with our doctors and so on,” Mr Kake says.
Papakura Marae’s other major focus is ensuring people who are self-isolating have the support they need.