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Elgin residents turned out for free burgers and milkshakes last night at the BBQ, Shake and Vax event at Blackpool Park.

“It was awesome, Hauora Tairawhiti spokeswoman Di Akurangi said.

“More than 80 people turned out last night and a total of 40 vaccinations were completed.”

As of Tuesday, 12,000 eligible people remained unvaccinated.

The family event, which included free barbecue and milkshakes for attendees, was held ahead of the Super Saturday national vaxathon day.

LET'S DO THIS: Owen Mark and sons Donzjaiah Stevens-Mark and Romeo Mark register with Layton Noanoa at the vaccination event. Picture by Paul Rickard
Shake and vax: Labour MPs and ministers Meka Whaitiri and Kiri Allan (holding daughter Hiwaiterangi Allan-Coates) gave their support at the BBQ, Shake and Vax event at Blackpool Park last night. Kylie Morresey (left) registers Awhina Richardson and Tamati Williams (standing behind Tangaroa Williams). Picture by Paul Rickard
VAXXED: Meri Haapu and daughters Kamihi Papuni and Mihiata Papuni relax during the short waiting period after their jabs. Picture by Paul Rickard