March-May 2021 have been busy for Moana Research and Counties Manukau Health (CMH) with the completion of eight Measles community drop-in clinics as part of the nationwide Measles “Catch-up” Campaign.
The Pacific measles ‘catch-up’ campaign is aimed at encouraging Pasifika 15-30-year-olds who may not be immunised against measles, to receive a free measles vaccination to ensure they are protected.
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 fourth clinic was hosted by BrownPride NZ where we were able to come in during the weigh-in for their highly anticipated ‘Winter is Coming’ weight-loss challenge.
The Good News Family church in Manurewa hosted the fifth clinic and it was a day filled with good fellowship and fun.
Our final three clinics were held all in the same week starting off with a clinic at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) South campus as part of their wellbeing expo for their staff and students. We then held a clinic at Manukau Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Otara campus who was also having their wellbeing expo. Mangere East Hawks hosted our final clinic where they had many come and support their teams play.
Overall, from the eight clinics we have managed to provide approximately 626 immunization checks and have completed 221 MMR 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 eight final year MIT student nurses, Paul, Paris, Ilaisaane, Grace, Kennedy, Teremaki, Jessica and Ngapoko help us plan and run the clinics as well. We were also very fortunate to have GameTan provide their Virtual Reality, PS5 and Xbox setup keeping everyone entertained.
Lastly, thank you to our amazing community partners who have hosted a drop-in clinic to help make our community safer by raising awareness to protect against Measles.