Vaccination complete for Bay’s ‘most vulnerable’
Health officials have confirmed that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout to current rest home residents and staff in the Bay of Plenty is now complete.
New District Health Board figures have revealed more than 6000 vaccinations have been administered to aged residential care staff and residents, as of July 1.
The recipients of the Pfizer vaccine fall into Group 2 of the government’s four-tier rollout programme, which includes high-risk frontline healthcare workers as well as those that work or live in a long-term residential environment.
Bay of Plenty Covid-19 Incident Controller, Trevor Richardson, says protecting those most at risk has taken precedence since vaccinations started earlier this year.
“One of our highest priorities in the vaccine rollout is the protection of our community’s most vulnerable, including our grandmothers and grandfathers, kaumātua and kuia,” he says.
“These figures show that all current aged residential care facility residents and staff have been offered two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.”
New data show approximately 55,000 vaccinations have been administered across the Bay of Plenty district to more than 34,000 people.
These figures include more than 14,000 vaccinations administered to the Bay of Plenty healthcare workforce.
“The vaccine is our best protection against the virus and we’re committed to an equitable rollout for our community,” adds Trevor.
New residents are being offered the vaccine as they move in.
The Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine is being rolled out according to priority groups established by the Ministry of Health.
More information on the region’s rollout can be found here.