More than 6000 roll up their sleeves for Super Sat
More than 6000 Covid-19 vaccinations were administered in the Bay of Plenty as part of Super Saturday.
A total of 129,995 doses administered nationwide - 39,024 first doses and 90,971 second doses as at 10pm Saturday night.
Auckland now has 89 per cent of its eligible people vaccinated with at least one dose.
In the BOP, a total of 6116 doses were given. In the Lakes region, 3056 people received the jab.
That means that 3,565,692 New Zealanders – or 85 per cent of New Zealand’s eligible population, have had at least one vaccination, and 2,748,291 people (or 65 per cent) are fully vaccinated.
“I want to give a huge thanks to every eligible New Zealander who stepped up today and over the past few days to get their shot, as well as to the hundreds of health providers, businesses, workplaces and community organisations who’ve pulled out all the stops as part of the nationwide push for vaccination,” says Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
“People have turned out in droves to the 783 vaccination sites around the motu for their vaccinations – from free hangi at Pôtahi Marae in Northland’s Te Kao to vaccinations on the TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown.
“It’s fantastic that Auckland has enjoyed its biggest ever vaccination day with 8,957 people getting their first doses and 31,686 people receiving their second doses.”
“It’s also the biggest ever day for Māori vaccinations with 10,941 first doses and 10,874 second doses. I want to thank Māori providers for the enormous amount of mahi that has gone into making today such a success.
“It was also a great day for the Pacific community with 4223 first doses and 8093 second doses.
“I also want to thank all those involved with our first ever ‘Vaxathon’ – both those behind the scenes and those in front of the cameras who united to energise and celebrate this historic vaccination day, encourages New Zealanders – particularly young Māori, Pacific and tāngata whaikaha (those living with a disability) – to get vaccinated.
“Even if you were not able to get out and get a jab on Saturday, don’t worry, there are still lots of opportunities to get vaccinated, with the usual huge range of vaccination sites continuing to operate as normal across the motu beyond this weekend.
“Super Saturday has been a shot in the arm for the final stage of our Covid-19 vaccination programme and we now need to finish the job to protect all New Zealanders from the virus.
“Getting every eligible New Zealander vaccinated has never been more important, nor has it been more easy, so if you haven’t already, please step up and get your shot. Or, if you know of a friend or whānau member who hasn’t, please support them to get theirs.”
To book a vaccination, go to Bookmyvaccine.nz, or call the Covid Vaccine Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.
For more information about Super Saturday events, go to the Unite Against Covid website.
Final vaccination numbers for Super Saturday will be published later today.