A new Catholic Church campaign supporting the COVID-19 vaccine programme focusses on ethnic and religious communities that are fearful of getting vaccinated because of misinformation.
Te Kupenga - Catholic Leadership Institute Chief Executive Dr Areti Metuamate says the ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ campaign aims to reach people in about 10 ethnic communities and allay fears they may have about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
“As the vaccine is now being offered to more members of the public, including those in at risk Maori and Pasifika communities, we want to urge people to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their whanau and their community.”
To demonstrate the importance of getting the vaccine, as well as its safety, Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington and President of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, and St Anne’s Newtown Parish Priest, Father Doug Shepherd, received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on 9 June, alongside representatives of Maori and Pasifika communities.
“It’s important that as leaders in the church and Pasifika community we show unity and strength against this virus for our communities to follow,” Dr Metuamate says.