Pacific approach ‘essential’

April 1, 2021

Pacific communities must be reached through community groups and churches to encourage COVID-19 vaccination, chair of the NZNO Pacific Nursing Section, ‘Eseta Finau, says.

'Eseta Finau
‘Eseta Finau

Any campaign must also be led by Pacific health professionals, she said.

“Ensuring you have Pacific staff, who understand the culture and how to get into the communities – who to contact – is essential.”

Currently, she said the vaccine was being mainly promoted through media, but community groups and churches would be more useful. Home visits would also be useful to ensure the vaccination reached the most vulnerable.

“This vaccination programme for Pasifika must be brought to them by ethnic specific Pasifika health workers.”