Ethnic youth promised a day of fun and games at vaccination event

12.05.20. NEWS  photo; Warwick Smith/Stuff
Awapuni Racecourse to receiving government funding for synthetic turf.

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12.05.20. NEWS photo; Warwick Smith/Stuff Awapuni Racecourse to receiving government funding for synthetic turf.

Health and migrant groups are turning on a carnival-style event at Awapuni Racecourse on Saturday to encourage young people from various ethnic communities to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.

Taking the lead is the primary health organisation Think Hauora’s RIMA (former refugee, internally displaced, migrant and asylum seeker) team.

RIMA Covid-19 project leader Imran Zoher said the day was not so much a vaccination clinic as a day of games, prizes, food, entertainment and fun.

RIMA wellbeing co-ordinator Febry Suharto said there would be a team of volunteers available to explain all about the vaccine in language people understood.

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“As well as being able to answer questions in peoples’ native languages, we’ll also have lots of translated materials about the vaccination and other health services that people can take away with them.”

The goal was to provide a supportive and accessible setting for young people aged 12 and above, with youth ambassadors volunteering to make sure everyone felt welcome.

Zoher said anyone from the RIMA youth community interested in joining the team as a youth ambassador to help out on the day would be very welcome, and would be rewarded with a free teeshirt.

Anyone receiving a vaccination will be able to join in the games with a chance to win prizes including a TV, Airpods, a Wifi drone, a Fitbit and gift vouchers.

The carnival day has support from the Ministry for Ethnic Communities, the Manawatū Multicultural Society, NA National refugee youth council, Palmerston North City Council, Ora Konnect and the MidCentral District Health Board.

The vaccination day occurs at a time when the wider MidCentral Health district nudged 85 per cent of its eligible population being fully vaccinated, with 93 per cent having had at least one shot.

The event runs from 11am until 3.30pm. Anyone interested in getting their first or second shot is welcome.

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