Super Saturday vaccination doses near 130k mark

Source: 1News

Nearly 130,000 New Zealanders have received a dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday, making it the largest day of the rollout on record.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had set a target of passing the previous best of around 91,000 and helping get Auckland close to 90 per cent of residents having at least one dose.

At around 3pm on the Super Shot Saturday Vaxathon Ardern announced the 100,000 mark had just been passed. She set a new goal of 150,000.

By 8.30pm, there had been just under 130,000 doses across the country, according to the Ministry of Health.

This included around 39,000 first doses and 90,000 second doses. Official numbers are set to be announced on Sunday at 1pm.

Yvonne Tahana is in Northland to report on the progress.

“The team of five million have turned out in record numbers to protect whānau and loved ones. Super Saturday has exceeded expectations and has ensured as a country we are more protected from Covid-19,” Ardern said.

“The passion and energy shown across the country reminds of just how hard everyone is working to keep each other safe. Just as we stayed home last year to save lives now we are getting vaccinated to protect the team of five million.

“Keeping up this momentum over the coming weeks means we could become among the most vaccinated countries in the world, ensuring we are protected from the virus and can get back to the things we love." 

Earlier in the day, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the large number of Māori getting a jab today was especially pleasing.

Over 500 vaccination centres were open on Saturday, with many offering freebies for those getting a jab. 

On Friday there were 65 cases of Covid-19 in the community, with a high level of restrictions still in place for those in Northland, Auckland and parts of Waikato.

Check out the 1News videos above for a report on how the day unfolded.