As Auckland sprints to the 90 per cent target for being fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the city is 11,000 doses shy of hitting the 90 per cent first dose vaccination rate across all its three district health boards (DHBs).
At a post-Cabinet press conference on Tuesday, Jacinda Ardern endorsed the vaccination message again, saying the Government is trying to ensure vaccination rates lift so New Zealanders can get back to normal life.
"The more people vaccinated, the safer we all are," Ardern said.
"That gives us options and the ability to keep people safe without having to use some of the more blanket restrictions that we have used in the past."
Ardern said people who are vaccinated are less likely to get Covid-19 and "if you do, are less likely to get really sick".
She added that only 5.2 per cent of cases in the current outbreak are fully vaccinated.
Ardern confirmed that Auckland is 11,000 first doses shy of hitting the 90 per cent vaccination rates for eligible people across all DHBs.
"Once those first doses then go on to receive their second dose, Auckland will move into the new framework, meaning businesses can open and operate safely again."
The Covid protection framework was revealed on Friday, meaning, New Zealand will have a new traffic light Covid framework, largely modelled around if a person is vaccinated, scrapping the alert level system.
It comes with a vaccination target of 90 per cent fully vaccinated people for every DHB in the country.
"Now we have vaccines, we cannot ask vaccinated people to stay home for ever, so now we need a new playbook to reflect a population protected from Covid."
She said when every DHB reaches the target, New Zealand can move into the new Covid-19 system. However, Auckland will move once its DHBs hit the target, and the South Island will also be considered early on November 29.