Thousands will be vaccinated at the country’s first mass vaccination event later this month as part of protecting one of
our most at-risk communities from COVID-19.
MIT Mass Vaccination will take place over three days – July 30, July 31 and August 1 – at Vodafone Events Centre,
Manukau and is open to MIT staff, students and their whānau.
“Students of MIT and their families have been given a great opportunity to get vaccinated,” says MIT Student Council
president Micah Sili.
Mass vaccination events have been used successfully overseas to get large groups of people of all ages (in the case of
the Pfizer vaccine 16 years and over) vaccinated efficiently and safely in a short period of time at a single venue.
They will be a feature of the rollout later in 2021, and holding the MIT event early in Group 4 will help inform the
planning of future events.
Partnering with MIT is also a way to further support the South Auckland community. We are inviting MIT staff and
students and their whānau to get the vaccine together so they and their community are protected against the virus.
“This event removes barriers to accessibility for Māori, Pasifika and our South Auckland community, recognising the
importance of the local population to the national fight against the virus,” Micah says.
The event – which has the capacity to vaccinate 15,000 Aucklanders - is delivered in partnership between MIT, Auckland
District Health Boards and the Ministry of Health.
Similar events have already successfully been held in other countries around the world including the UK, Australia and
MIT was chosen to participate because it is a major public institution in the area with more than 11,000 enrolled
students and 1,100 staff.
The institute is the largest educator of Pasifika people at tertiary level in the country and 14% of all students are
“Our institute is playing a key role in getting the community vaccinated,” says acting Chief Executive Prof Martin
“We are privileged to have been chosen to give our learners, staff and their families this opportunity while creating
momentum for vaccination and awareness of its benefits in South Auckland.
Vaccination is the best way to ensure we can continue to provide essential education and training kanohi ki kanohi,”
says Professor Carroll.
The event will mean some people in Group 4 will receive the vaccine ahead of schedule. This is an acknowledgment that
vaccinating younger people in this community will have an overall positive benefit on regional health outcomes.
Alex Pimm, Vaccination Lead for Auckland District Health Board says he is thrilled to be partnering with MIT in New
Zealand’s first mass vaccination event.
“We have asked MIT students and staff for their help in encouraging older and more vulnerable members of their whānau
and community to come along to get vaccinated with them.”
“Only by getting as many members of our most vulnerable communities vaccinated as we can will we win the fight against
COVID-19 and keep Aotearoa New Zealand safe,” he says.
MIT Mass Vaccination has been carefully coordinated and will be run by dedicated medical professionals following New
Zealand’s vaccination hygiene and safety protocols.