The 90% Project: Auckland musician Paige asks Kiwis to be vaccinated against Covid for their families
Kiwi musician Paige Tapara for The 90% Project – on why she got the vaccine and her message to others. Video / NZ Herald
“We want to move forward. We want to move forward. We don’t want to be stuck in this treadmill running in the same place that we have been for almost two years.”
Young Kiwi musician Paige Tapara has been vaccinated against Covid to help protect her family and friends. Now she asks others to do the same to get New Zealand moving again.
She is the latest in a series of high profile Kiwis to support the 90% project led by the Herald to help immunize 90% of the country’s eligible population by Christmas.
“I was offered the vaccine in March – it’s because my sister works at customs at the border – so I had the opportunity to get the vaccine early. I think a lot of people in my family over there. ‘time were quite nervous about receiving it and they said they wanted to wait, ”Tapara said.
“I was the first one to do it just because I want things to start moving forward. Now my whole family has been upset and we all want other people to do it too.”
The South Auckland-based singer-songwriter said learning about the vaccine could help stop the spread of the virus as much as she knew for sure she wanted to and she encouraged others to think about those who surround them.
“It’s really important to help protect your family and friends from the virus. You don’t want the people around you to get sick,” she said.
“The only way to move forward is to get this vaccine. We don’t want any more blockages. It would be nice to just go and make money like you did before and have businesses open and live music again. The vaccine is really the closest thing we have to getting back to normal. “
For her, the latest outbreak and the latest lockdown have put question marks around a summer filled with concerts, prompting her to find a job at The Warehouse to make ends meet if they can’t happen.
“The thing about summer for musicians is that that’s kind of where your source of income is for the whole year and it’s actually pretty scary not to get that paycheck.”
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As for the jab itself, she said it was easy.
“Everyone’s really, really sweet. It didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. It was a lot easier than I thought.
“For the second vax I felt a little tired but it was the absolute worst.”