Christchurch Chinese Community Vaccine Event Successful

A vaccination grant specifically aimed at ethnic minorities made a Chinese group in Christchurch feel more connected to the community at large.

The Christchurch Chinese Advisory Network Group and volunteers.
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The Chinese Advisory Networking Group hosted an immunization event targeting Chinese communities in Christchurch in November, with funding from the Ministry of Ethnic Communities’ Covid-19 vaccine uptake fund.

More than 90 people were vaccinated during the event at the Maui Clinic at South City Mall.

Group member Cissy Chen said having a Mandarin-speaking nurse helped some people feel more secure asking questions about the vaccine.

The event left the community warm, supported and helped by the government, and also helped increase the overall number of vaccinations in the region, she said.

“In Christchurch we are a multicultural city, so we have promoted the multicultural in the city and we are showing that we are one,” Chen said.

“I want the Chinese people of Christchurch to feel like the New Zealand government cares about them.”

It was important for the Chinese to know that they are part of the New Zealand community no matter how long they have been here, she said.

Adoption of the Covid-19 vaccine by Asians continues to be higher than that of other ethnic groups, with more than 99% complete vaccines.

A sense of responsibility to the wider community could be behind the high vaccination rates, Chen said.

“For the Chinese, we try to be responsible for the community, and we understand that it protects us as well as others.

“For young children and even for some people at this stage, they probably don’t have the chance to get the vaccine.”

Those who can get the vaccine have a responsibility to do so, Chen said.

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