Covid-19: Auckland DHBs hit 90% for double doses, largest DHB hits milestone

Ninety per cent of Aucklanders over the age of 12, on average, are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Auckland metro District Health Boards (DHBs) crossed the threshold on Friday, Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay announced, saying it was “fantastic progress”.

It comes as Waitematā DHB also reached the 90 per cent double-dose target, making it the third in the country to do so, after Auckland and Capital and Coast.

A rangatahi Māori vaccination campaign is still waiting for Government funding one month after its approval.

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A rangatahi Māori vaccination campaign is still waiting for Government funding one month after its approval.

Waitematā DHB serves the largest population in the country, with an eligible population of 526,087 – nearly twice that of Capital and Coast.

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Northern Region Health Coordination Centre (NRHCC) vaccination programme director Matt Hannant said it’s an “exciting day”.

“This success is a testament to the determination and relentless efforts of our Māori and Pacific providers, who have been bringing the vaccine and information to all corners of the city for months on end.”

Eighty per cent of Māori aged 12 and over in Auckland are also now fully vaccinated.

Ministry of Health data shows there are 337 further second doses to be given in Waitematā DHB to officially reach 90 per cent.

Waitematā DHB chief executive Dr Dale Bramley said this was a significant achievement as the district is “by far” the biggest DHB by population in the country, meaning more vaccinations needed to be performed in order to reach 90 per cent.

“We have an eligible population of just over 526,000 people and to have more than 471,000 of these fully vaccinated is a huge effort,” he said.

Bramley thanked those working in DHB-run vaccination centres and the “army” of community partners – including Māori and Pacific providers Te Whānau o Waipareira and The Fono, general practice, pharmacies and others “who have contributed to this shared achievement”.

Waitematā DHB is also expected to hit the 90 per cent first-dose rate for Māori in the coming days, having reached the first dose milestone for its Pacific population on Monday.

Meanwhile, Counties Manukau DHB, which covers south and east Auckland, is just 12,212 second doses shy of also reaching the 90 per cent fully vaccinated target. It is sitting at 87 per cent.

Across Aotearoa, 93 per cent of those over the age of 12 have had one dose and 86 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Just five DHBs have first dose rates lower than 90 per cent: Northland, Lakes, Tairāwhiti, Whanganui and West Coast.

Canterbury DHB also reached the 90 per cent double-dose target on Friday, McElnay announced.

Auckland had borne the brunt of the Delta outbreak, and its people had been “the vanguard of Aotearoa’s vaccination efforts”, McElnay said, thanking the healthcare workers in the region.

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