A community centre on Dominion Road turned into a pop-up vaccination clinic refor members of Auckland’s refugee and immigrant community.

The vaccination event was organised by Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) and supported by members of the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre’s Outreach team.

RASNZ Cultural Director Aklilu Hibtit says the pop-up clinic was organised to encourage people from all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities to get vaccinated. “A lot of work we do here at RASNZ is focused on offering a mental health and wellbeing service for people of all ages – from all different cultures and backgrounds.”

Aged from 12 to 70 years, a diverse range of nationalities were among those who received their vaccinations yesterday – including people from Africa, Pakistan, China and Myanmar.

“Everyone who is here today just wants to do their best to protect their family, friends and community from COVID. They want to see the city they love get to a 90 per cent vaccination rate,” Hibtit said.

Blockhouse Bay resident and taxi driver Mohammed arrived at the clinic with his elderly father and said he wanted to see Auckland back in Level 2 as soon as possible.

“I’m here today with my father because we want to go back to normal life and getting vaccinated is just one of the ways we can help make that happen.”