On Saturday 6th of November, Samoa College Old Pupil Association (SCOPA)held their
event at the Maota Samoa, Mangere.
SCOPA had a goal of vaccinating 200 people but delivered beyond that and achieved 425 vaccinations.
There was live music, free food and bbq, food parcels for families, and a good vibe from all those volunteering to help New Zealand meet its vaccination targets.
The vaccination initiative saw small businesses/ creatives from the Samoan community
attend in support. Hitting the 90% target, especially for Pasefika vaccination rates, has been
difficult; however, Auckland has hit a new milestone on Saturday, with 90% of people have had their first dose.
High Vaccination rates in Auckland brings a lot of hope for New Zealanders, especially with
summer and Christmas around the corner. Many families have been split due to border closures,
causing a lot of heartache and dismay. The 90% vaccination rate in Auckland is encouraging
news for many Pasifika communities, especially with the increase in case numbers.
The efforts of SCOPA and many other community groups to ensure that their communities have access and are well informed about vaccination has mainly contributed to the direction of
New Zealand's lockdown levels this coming summer.
"Everyone wants restrictions eased as soon as possible," says honourable Minister Chris
Hipkins. With Auckland at 90% for first doses, this work must ensure at-risk committees are also getting their second doses. Auckland's frontline workers/ community groups are essential to accomplishing these goals.
Aucklanders must continue to display kindness, empathy and understanding to all our frontline workers who are spending hours of their time to help achieve these goals for the benefit of all of Aotearoa.
Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern has confirmed that Auckland families will be able to unite again with their families this summer, bringing hope to many families and communities here in Auckland