Vaccinations are underway at three pop-up events for the Pasifika community in Auckland today.
The drive-through sites are all in Māngere.
The Kuki Airani / Cook Island clinic at Atiu Hall and a Vaccinate Niue event on Robertson Road are open until 4.30pm.
The Samoan vaccination event in Māngere Town Centre is open until 6pm.
Samoa Drive thru vaccination hub Day 1— The Coconet (@TheCoconetTV) September 24, 2021
They'll be at Mangere Town Centre again tomorrow & Sunday from 9am - 6pm. Food parcels & petrol vouchers available for those in need.
190 had come thru just before 5pm & nurses were hoping to get over 200 by the end of the day. pic.twitter.com/m01sFTBeZ2
Turuki Healthcare GP Dr Monica Liva encourages people to get vaccinated - like they have done in the Pacific Islands.
"The vaccination rates in these three islands are very high, almost 100 percent of their eligible population.
"So we need to come together as a community to increase our vaccination rate to better protect ourselves, our family."
Anyone can get a vaccine at the events without an appointment.
I love the way our community comes together and that all of these sites are within walking distance of my place. If I wasnt already double vaxxed-I’d go! If you are hesitant-know that it doesnt hurt & is our best way to get out of lockdown! Take your bubble & get a free shot! pic.twitter.com/Vn0ytKTX5v— LOU TEE-OH (@KiwiDiva) September 24, 2021
Coromandel MP upset over lockdown
The MP for Coromandel says it has been a challenging and confusing week for people in the Upper Hauraki region.
The community will move down to alert level two at 11.59 tonight.
It was plunged into a short level four lockdown when a released prisoner was able to cross the Auckland border and became infected with Covid-19 in the process.
Simpson said that should never have happened.
"When I questioned the Minister of Corrections in the house this week he really wasn't able to answer any of the questions put to him. And at best, he was able to say, well, the procedures will be reviewed.
"Well frankly, that's not good enough nearly two years into a pandemic."
Simpson said Upper Hauraki residents deserve a pat on the back for getting tested and vaccinated.