As part of our nationwide Measles “Catch-up” Campaign, Moana Research and Counties Manukau Health have teamed up with various community groups to deliver drop-in clinics for people to come check whether they have been vaccinated and to provide free MMR vaccinations if needed. The campaign has been an incredible opportunity for us to serve our South Auckland communities by raising awareness about the need to protect against measles and bringing vaccination services directly to where our communities fellowship, gather and celebrate. April has been a busy month for Moana Research and Counties Manukau Health (CMH) with the completion of four measles community drop-in clinics and there are more scheduled in May.
To deliver these clinics, Moana Research and CMH have been working in partnership with various community groups to provide free Measles immunization status checks and provide free Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines if needed.
We kicked off the campaign with a clinic hosted by St Therese and St Anthony’s Catholic Parishes during their youth group’s sports and games day. This was followed by a clinic hosted by Equippers Church in Manukau.
We then had the opportunity to have a clinic at this year’s Polyfest, and it was wonderful to be amongst the wider Pacific community celebrating the hard work of our high school students, especially after the event had been cancelled the past two years.
Our most recent clinic was hosted by the Brown Pride NZ, where we were able to come and hold a clinic during the weigh in for their highly anticipated ‘Winter is Coming’ weight-loss challenge.
To date, we have managed to provide approximately 480 checks and have completed 160 vaccinations.
A big fa’afetai lava to the teams from Moana Research and CMH for their work in delivering the clinics. We were especially privileged to have four final year MIT student nurses, Paul, Paris, Ilaisaane and Grace, help us plan and run the clinics as well. We were also very fortunate to also have GameTan provide their Virtual Reality, PS5 and Xbox setup keeping everyone entertained.
May will be another busy month for us with another four community drop-in clinics coming up. The dates and details for the upcoming clinics are below:
- Saturday 8 May 2021, 10am – 2pm: Good News Family Church, 97 Rowandale Avenue, Manurewa (during their Youth Group’s sports and games day)
- Wednesday 19 May 2021: Auckland University of Technology (AUT) – South Campus
- Friday 21 May 2021 from 10am – 2pm: Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) Otara Campus (as a part of their wellbeing expo);
- Saturday 22 May 2021 from 10am – 2pm: Mangere East Hawks Sports Club, 10 Hain Avenue, Mangere (during their team’s scheduled rugby games)
Please come along to any one of these drop-in clinics, and bring along any whanau and friends to learn more about measles, receive a free measles immunization check and free Measles or MMR vaccine if needed. Free food, drink and entertainment will be provided and we’d love to see you there!
For more details and updates on our upcoming clinics, head to our Facebook and Instagram pages.