Supervax day a super success1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
October’s Super Saturday Vaxathon was a huge success with a record number of 130,000 New Zealanders rolling up their sleeves for a first or second dose Covid-19 vaccination shot.
Auckland enjoyed its biggest-ever vaccination day with nearly 9,000 people getting their first doses and over 31,000 people receiving their second dose. At the time of writing, % of Auckland eligible population (aged 12-plus) had received at least one dose, with 75% fully dosed.
Onehunga had its share of vaccination pop-up sites, including Onehunga High School, pharmacies, and an extremely popular vaccination drive-through held by the Tongan Health Society at Langimalie Supervax event at the Langimalie Clinic on Fleming Street. A total of 100 doses per hour were administered, with the final result being 1,100 doses. Overall on the day, the New Zealand Pasifika community received 4,223 first doses and 8,093 second doses.
In 2020, The Tongan Health Society won the Total Healthcare General Practice of the Year award at the inaugural national Primary Healthcare Awards. The award highlighted the innovative ways in which the Society works not only for Pasifika people, but all cultures. Not just a medical service, the Society runs a pre-school, an integrated outcomes unit; bringing together clinical and non-clinical services such as packages of care for better health and socio-economic outcomes, a community garden centre, an outreach programme, and Whanau Ora services. It is also providing strong leadership for Covid-19-related issues, such as food packages, financial help and support for Pacific High School students, to ensure they have the resources and tools to study at home.