RNZ – Covid-19: Vaccination rates in area that is home to Gloriavale community improves
By RNZ (Radio New Zealand) – 08/02/2022
One of New Zealand’s most remote and isolated communities has now reached 90 percent of its population over 12 getting at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Lake Brunner, on the West Coast, is home to Gloriavale Christian Community and was once one of the least vaccinated areas.
When data on the most and least vaccinated areas of the country came out in late November, Lake Brunner was the worst in the South Island, with only half of its about 600 residents fully vaccinated. Nationally, only Murupara was worse.
Gloriavale accounts for at least a third of those aged 12 or older in Lake Brunner area. The secretive and reclusive Gloriavale Christian Community had long eschewed all vaccinations.