Thousands of youth get jab at NZ Pasifika community event

South Seas CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo
South Seas CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo ... community-driven success. Image: Photo: Rowan Quinn/RNZ

RNZ Pacific

A youth-led Pasifika mass vaccination event in Auckland has immunised 7000 people over the past four days.

Pacific health provider South Seas’ youth group Bubble Gum ran a drive-through event called “Rally Your Village” at Auckland’s Vodafone Events Centre.

The event has resulted in 4542 people being vaccinated — mostly youth and young adults.

South Seas chief executive Silao Vaisola-Sefo said it was successful because it was community-driven.

He said they wanted to take people on a journey through the process of getting vaccinated and to create a festival atmosphere.

Minister of Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said the numbers were impressive.

“A huge congratulations, absolutely proud of the leadership of the Bubble Gum group in leading that,” he said.

“Their efforts alongside other young people who are leading the charge are probably responsible for the huge uptake in the covid-19 vaccine for that age group.”

More than 5000 food parcels, petrol vouchers, 2000 kids packs, and NZ$100,000 worth of incentives were distributed to those attending.

This article is republished under a community partnership agreement with RNZ.

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