Members of Auckland’s Korean community embraced the opportunity to be vaccinated at Unichem Browns Bay today (8 September) – with 209 people receiving doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Members were welcomed to the special clinic set up behind the pharmacy, by Korean Women’s Association of New Zealand member Diana Lee.

“Many of our older Korean elders can’t speak English so I’m here to help translate information and answer any questions they may have,” Lee said. There are now 41 Auckland pharmacies participating in the vaccine rollout programme.

Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc President Rhiannon Braund says pharmacies are doing a great good in making vaccinations more accessible to move communities.

“It’s great to see the pharmacies continue to innovate and remove access barriers for people and their whānau, and provide an adaptable approach to help more people get their vaccinations,” Braund said.

“Pharmacy has proven to be responsive, able to upscale rapidly, and to provide safe and timely access to vaccination services for their communities.”