First vaccine doses just shy of 90 percent nationwide


As a big portion of the country rolls up their sleeves for a second vaccination this weekend, 89 percent of eligible New Zealanders aged 12 and over have had their first dose and 78 percent are fully vaccinated.

Photo: RNZ / Mani Dunlop

Today’s updated figures show 57 percent of Māori and 72 percent of Pacific people are fully dosed.

Of eligible Aucklanders, 83 percent have had their second injection, 68 percent in Northland, 76 percent in Waikato and 78 percent in Canterbury. Between the three DHBs in Auckland, Auckland DHB is sitting at 95 percent first doses.

After wastewater testing in Gisborne, Napier and Taranaki all found traces of the virus on Friday, the regions are hustling to raise vaccinations and encourage testing.

Mayor of Gisborne Rehette Stoltz said the detection of the virus in Gisborne and Napier wastewater samples is a concern.

There are no MIQ facilities, or known Covid-19 cases isolating, in either city.

Stoltz said more than 200 people got a test yesterday and just over 600 passed through vaccination stations.

“At this stage I’m staying hopeful until we get all our results back that it might be someone that just passed through, or someone from MIQ, but, we need those test numbers high in order to be sure.”

Stoltz said the region’s vaccination rate is currently 80 percent for one dose and 65 percent for both doses.

More than 500 people were tested for Covid-19 in Napier and Hastings yesterday.

Napier is waiting for subsequent test results after Friday’s announcement of a positive wastewater sample in the city.

Wastewater results from Hastings and Wairoa, taken last week, returned as negative.

Anyone can turn up at the Napier Covid testing centre without an appointment between 3 and 5pm today.

More than 1500 people received a vaccination in Hawke’s Bay yesterday.





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