Fifteen of the country’s DHBs are at or above a 90 per cent first dose Covid vaccination rate for over 12s.
Bay of Plenty and Taranaki were the latest DHBs to hit the milestone for first doses, with both reaching the 90 per cent mark on Tuesday.
Lakes and West Coast DHBs are following closely behind, both sitting at 88 per cent for first doses.
Tairāwhiti and Whanganui are both one percentage point behind, and Northland is at 85 per cent for first doses.
Nationwide, 93 per cent of the eligible population is at least partially vaccinated, and 86 per cent is fully vaccinated.
Māori vaccination rates are trucking along nicely around the country.
Since Monday, just under 6000 second doses have been given to Māori. That means the 70 per cent fully vaccinated milestone for Māori is just around the corner.
Pacific communities have also been rolling their sleeves up again this week. An additional 3023 vaccination doses have been administered to Pasifika since Monday, and nearly two-thirds of those were second doses.
Under the Government’s new traffic light system, the country will shift between levels — Red, Orange and Green — depending on a range of factors including vaccination coverage, the capacity of the health system, testing, contact tracing and Covid transmission.
Vaccine passes will be used in all three settings and will provide greater freedoms when used. There will be no limits on gathering numbers for places that use the passes under the Orange and Green settings.
While aiming for that milestone, there continue to be calls from experts to ensure the vaccine rollout is equitable.
Getting vaccinated for Covid-19 reduces someone’s risk of contracting the virus in the first place, or experiencing it severely.
All data is from the Ministry of Health.