Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards leading the way with COVID-19 vaccination awareness for the disability community
The disability team at the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards have produced a video to help Deaf people and disabled people visualise the process for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The video was made by members of the our team in response to the questions we were seeing from the community asking what happens when you go through the vaccination process, and what to expect” – says Rachel Noble, General Manager Disability at Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs.
“Making these videos is a natural part of our efforts to promote an inclusive and accessible vaccination programme”.
Shannon Morris uses New Zealand Sign Language to narrate the vaccination journey taken by Stew Sexton, a wheel chair user. The video helps people to visualise what they can expect to see and experience and also to become familiar with what to expect at each stage in order to be better prepared at the time.
It also means disabled people have the chance to consider how they will navigate the physical environment and/or to check on the necessary conversations/interactions that will occur in order to be as prepared as possible.
Shannon narrates the video in NZSL, with a voice over done by a professional NZSL Interpreter. We also have captions and a written audio description transcript which describes for blind and low vision people the visuals seen in the video.
We will continue to be produce a diverse range of video and other content throughout the year to complement the material produced by the national campaign from the Ministry of Health.