South Canterbury looks set to become the latest DHB to hit the 90 per cent first dose milestone for the Covid-19 vaccine.
South Canterbury were just 74 first doses away from hitting the milestone overnight, and are expected to cross the mark either on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday.
They will become the 12th DHB to reach 90 per cent first doses, with Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay not far behind.
Meanwhile, Capital and Coast are closing in on becoming the second DHB to reach 90 per cent fully vaccinated. They need just over 4000 doses to hit the target and daily numbers suggest they will reach it by the beginning of next week.
In Auckland DHB, just 560 jabs are required to reach 90 per cent first doses for Māori. Wairarapa, West Coast and South Canterbury are also all within 1000 first doses from the 90 per cent mark for Māori.
To date, 91 per cent of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 84 per cent are fully vaccinated.
For most of New Zealand, the Government’s new traffic light system will replace alert levels when 90 per cent of the eligible population in each DHB is fully vaccinated.
Under the new 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.