Number of full vaccinated NZers passes one million

Friday was a record day for people getting vaccinated. Photo: RNZ.

The Covid-19 vaccination programme has reached its most significant milestone to date, with more than one million people now fully vaccinated, says Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins.

“Following a record day for the programme on Friday of 56,843 doses administered and a record weekend day yesterday with more than 50,000 doses delivered, today we’re celebrating another record:  one million people in New Zealand fully vaccinated,” says Hipkins.

“In confirming this figure, I particularly want to acknowledge the health workforce in New Zealand. They’ve stepped up across the country – and particularly in Auckland at our testing centres, vaccination clinics and hospitals – and are continuing to deliver incredible numbers which we can all be proud of.

“With 2.75 million doses administered so far and 1.5 million active bookings in the Book My Vaccine system, we remain on track to give everyone eligible in Aotearoa the opportunity to be vaccinated by the end of the year," says Hipkins.

On Saturday, around 36,500 people received their first vaccination, and more than 15,600 had their second vaccination.

“On Friday, we also created a new priority group for essential workers, and since then more than 1,400 essential workers have had their first vaccination.

“Thanks to everyone who has either had the vaccine or has made a booking to get vaccinated," says Hipkins.

“Your response means we’ve been able to open other age bands for vaccinations earlier than planned to keep the momentum going.

“Reaching this one million milestone is also due to the hard work of our district health boards and primary care providers, who have continued to add to our capacity to vaccinate people each week, as well as the number of sites where people can be vaccinated.

“Figures from Saturday show there are now more than 500 general practices and pharmacies administering the Covid-19 vaccine throughout the country, with more coming on stream.

“By getting vaccinated, people are protecting themselves,  their whānau and playing their part in protecting New Zealand," says Hipkins.

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Stroll out of vaccination.

Posted on 23-08-2021 11:03 | By Kancho

Goes back to when the government were in no hurry and wouldn’t pay a premium to get vaccine supplies. Also the spin about poorer more needy country’s should get supplies because we so are all ok to wait. Our start was months delayed So consequently we are about 83 in the world , our frontline people not vaccinated , police , supermarkets, port workers, and others. Only a couple of weeks ago we were ahead of vaccination targets , more spin . A relative of mine 88 years old in a small with recent major surgery and being told a booking in November. Our doctors practise expected to be able to vaccinate but unable to ? So many sayings a "a stitch in time saves nine" this was an expected outcome so where was the plan ? Again ?


Posted on 23-08-2021 08:49 | By hapukafin

One million or 20%,whichever sounds more impressive to you.In Singapore with the same population as us they had 76% of people from under 12 vaxed last week..


Posted on 23-08-2021 08:08 | By Lyrch

It would be jolly nice if Jacinda gave us all a choice between the current Pfizer-Biotech (mRNA) vaccine and maybe another option, say the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (Viral vector) vaccine! Then I’d be one of the vaccinated too, by the latter.