Capital & Coast DHB has become the country’s second region to hit the 90 per cent fully vaccinated rate for its eligible population.
The region, which covers Wellington city, Porirua and Kapiti Coast, reached the milestone on Monday afternoon.
It joins Auckland DHB, which continues to lead New Zealand for vaccination rates — 92 per cent of its over 12s are fully vaccinated, and more than 95 per cent are at least partially vaccinated.
Waitematā DHB in Auckland is also closing in on the milestone, with just over 5000 second doses remaining.
Māori and Pasifika vaccinations also continue to gain momentum.
Nationwide, 82 per cent of eligible Māori have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 68 per cent have received both jabs.
Meanwhile, 91 per cent of eligible Pasifika nationwide are at least partially vaccinated, while 82 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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.