Tainui champion encourages other kaumātua to vaccinate
If 82-year-old Tainui kuia Rangi McAllister can be vaccinated for COVID-19, so should other kaumātua.
That's the stern message Rangi delivered after receiving the first of two vaccinations at Manurewa Marae.
"I want my people to get off their butts and come in here and get vaccinated,” Rangi says.
"If I can do it, they can do it."
Rangi (Ngāti Naho and Ngāti Hine) is a client at the Manurewa Marae Community Health Centre. She did not hesitate about confirming her appointment.
"We don't want to be like India who is having a hard time. We don't want our Māori people wiped out by this thing."
Rangi was going to call as many of her friends and whānau possible to encourage them to get vaccinated.
"They have got to think, think for the future, think for their mokopuna."
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