Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the next phase of the vaccine’s rollout. Video / NZ Herald
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will today join nearly 700,000 other Kiwis who are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Ardern receives its second jab this afternoon and marks the start of the rollout for those in Group 4 by itself providing an update on the rollout progress.
Ardern speaks at Hamilton’s vaccination center Te Awa, a partnership between iwi Waikato Tainui and Waikato DHB, which is capable of vaccinating 1,000 people a day.
Yesterday, 350,000 vaccine doses arrived yesterday, meaning more than a million had arrived through July. There were over 600 vaccination sites across the country, with more to come.
Arden’s first vaccination was on 18 June.
As of today, those over the age of 60 are able to reserve their vaccine appointments.
While all of those over 60 were eligible, people where people were in the country would determine how quickly this would happen, Ardern said.
There was a vaccination for everyone this year.
Ardern called on Kiwis to be vaccinated: “We are not out of the woods yet. For the vaccine to be as effective as possible, we need everyone to have it.”
Today’s update coincides with the start of the first tranche of those in group 4 who are able to book vaccinations: those aged 60 and over.
There were 1 million people in group 3, and more than 70 percent of them had already been vaccinated or had been booked for a jab, Ardern said.
Nearly 700.00 kiwis are now fully vaccinated
In today’s update of the vaccine rollout, the Ministry of Health said that at midnight last night, 1,759,154 doses of the Pfizer vaccination were administered – more than 206,100 doses up at this point last week.
Nearly 700,000 people have now received their second dose, which means they are fully vaccinated.
The health ministry said it was about three percent ahead of target.
In the number of cases, there was no case of Covid-19 in the community and a positive case in a recently returned person in a managed isolation facility.
Ten previously reported cases have now been recovered. The number of active cases in New Zealand is 43.
There had been no subsequent detection of Covid-19 in wastewater at the New Plymouth treatment plant so far, but daily sampling would continue into the next week along with additional samples from sites around the Taranaki region.
Health officials still urged people in Taranaki with symptoms to be tested as well as those who had returned from Australia. During the last six days, 1082 cotton swabs were taken, all of which gave negative results.
The positive case in controlled isolation was a person who arrived from the United States and was picked up the first day.
The Ministry of Health reported that it had delivered 115,454 group 3 vaccinations in the last week – 79 per cent more than in the same period a month ago.
In group three, 382,382 people had at least one shot, and 217,241 were now fully vaccinated. This means that almost 13 percent of the estimated 1.7 million people in group three are now fully vaccinated on the day the Group 4 rollout begins for those over 60 years of age.
As of last week, about 13 percent of the population was fully vaccinated, and about 19 percent had received a vaccination.
In total, there were 1,553,035 vaccinations and 628,259 people were fully vaccinated
However, only about 10 percent of the population in group 3 were fully vaccinated, which led some to call for the start of group 4 to be delayed.
Just under 180,000 of the 1.7 million people estimated to be in group 3 were fully vaccinated. 17 percent had received their first shot.
The government has resisted delay and said the efforts will continue to get vaccinated group 3 people (people over 65 years or with underlying health conditions). However, there was no reason not to start in group 4 as vaccine supply increased and the workforce of vaccinators increased.
About 1.5 million Doses of Pfizer vaccines were expected to land in August.
It is also ahead of the first planned mass vaccination event in Manukau from Friday to Sunday, which was intended to vaccinate 15,000 people.
However, the organizers have admitted that they had struggled to get people to sign up for it. It was intended for staff and students at the Manukau Institute of Technology and their families, but DHB threw the network wider, after only about 2,000 people had booked. About 140,000 are now invited to try filling slots.
Covid 19 minister Chris Hipkins had said it was an attempt to increase vaccination rates in southern Auckland, which is one of the priority areas due to the airport and quarantine facilities. It was also an attempt to increase vaccination rates for Maori and Pacific Islanders, who are lagging behind national rates.
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