The Bay of Plenty DHB has hit a 90 per cent first dose vaccination rate for over 12s.
It has joined 13 other DHBs around the country that have surpassed the milestone.
The DHB’s CEO Pete Chandler said the milestone was a “first key achievement”, but added he was committed to achieving an equitable vaccine rollout.
“We will celebrate the milestone when it is also achieved for Māori vaccination rates,” he said. Currently, the first dose vaccination rate for Māori in the region is 77 per cent.
Taranaki DHB is also only 122 first doses away from 90 per cent and looks set to hit the milestone on Wednesday at the current rate of vaccinations.
For second doses, Waitematā DHB is sitting at 89 per cent, with just over 4000 vaccinations to go before it joins Auckland and Capital & Coast DHBs in hitting 90 per cent.
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.