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Covid-19 Vaccine set to roll out to Group 3

Te Oranganui COVID-19 vaccine set to roll out to group 3 – protecting our whānau takes a team effort.

Te Oranganui Trust is pleased to have partnered with the Whanganui District Health Board (DHB) and the Whanganui Regional Health Network to empower whānau and the community to access the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata, Te Mātaiwhetū (CEO) delivered a rallying speech to the Kaumatua Kaunihera in Whanganui this week.

“As leaders, you as our kaumatua are in an influential position to inspire whānau. We have learned from our recent and historical past that Māori are more vulnerable and therefore we need to do everything in our power to protect our kaumatua and importantly our mokopuna. It is your choice to get vaccinated and we encourage you to seek out trusted sources of information, have a kōrero with your whānau. Likewise, our collective team is tasked with demystifying the unknown to ensure whānau can make an informed decision” Wheturangi said.

Furthermore, Te Oranganui has developed a clear and concise information booklet and will be holding information sessions so whānau can hear first-hand from experts and ask questions about this COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Our Hauora ā Iwi representative Mary Bennett echoed the work of the Iwi that has been achieved to date. “As a collective, we called for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all, and in particular Māori. We welcome the support of the DHB who have answered our call ensuring equity across our communities. By providing vaccinations for Māori over 50 being prioritized in the Over 65 rollout. This will also include whānau over the age of 16 who are living with those most vulnerable.

This week Te Oranganui is now gearing up to hold a mixture of town and rural-based COVID-19 vaccine clinics including Ratana, Waverley and the Whanganui River. The clinics are for both registered and non-registered Te Oranganui clients and will begin next week.

Soon you will start to receive invitations to attend the clinics and can also call our dedicated 0800 number to schedule your appointment.

For more information and clinic dates

Media release ends.

Media contact: Renee Bradley

06 34 90007

For more information, go to:

COVID-19: Vaccine resources | Ministry of Health NZ

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