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Older Māori and Pacific people, and those living in their households (aged 16 years and over), and people living in South Auckland aged 65 years and over are being sent invitations to get their COVID-19 vaccination.
Coinciding with the invitations, today more than 100 Pacific church ministers, their families and congregation members stepped up to have their COVID-19 vaccinations in Ōtara.
The church leaders, who played a key role in engaging their communities during the most recent outbreaks in the area, were keen to lead the way again when it came to demonstrating the importance of being vaccinated.
Reverend Doctor Featunai Liuaana said it was important that church leaders show their communities that the vaccination is safe to help alleviate any fears.
“People in our community, like many others, have fears about the needle," he said. “I found the whole process really easy and I barely felt anything when it came to the jab itself."
“We see fear in our communities, a fear of people coming back together again, especially in the church environment but we need to think about how this vaccine will protect our ‘village’ which is our family, our community and our churches so we can be healthy together.”
The church leaders want to support their congregations and give them the correct information. "People are hearing so much information about the vaccination, much of which is not true." he said. "As church leaders we need to walk the talk and show them it’s safe and easy to do."
If you are waiting for your vaccination, those who are enrolled with a family doctor will receive a text or email inviting them to book a vaccination appointment. If you’re not enrolled with a family doctor, you can find a doctor in your area on Healthpoint().
If you are enrolled, don’t worry if you don’t receive an invitation straight away - these will be sent out in groups so it may take a couple of weeks for an invitation to be sent to everyone.
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