Maori and Pasifika COVID-19 vaccine rollout underway

Foalima Lemalu and Mike Hammond
Foalima Lemalu and Mike Hammond
This week the Southern district COVID-19 vaccine team is launching its programme to vaccinate the over 32,000 strong Māori and Pasifika community across Southland and Otago.

Southern Health has partnered with Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora, Awarua Whānau Services, Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust and Ōtākou Health Limited, to deliver a whānau-centred model, inviting whānau to be vaccinated together at drop-in clinics.

The rollout includes multiple approaches for reaching Māori and Pacific communities, including dedicated time slots at mass vaccination clinics in Dunedin and Invercargill, rural and marae-based clinics, and the potential for alternate delivery models as the campaign progresses.

Southern DHB COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Incident Controller Hamish Brown says, “It is really great to be reaching Māori and Pasifika communities across the Southern district, and to be able to be flexible in our delivery model.

“Thank you to the hard work of the Māori and Pacific health providers who have partnered with Southern Health for the hard work they continue to do to make this possible.”

The first Māori and Pasifika drop-in clinic opens in Alexandra this week. For more information, visit


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