There were 22,007 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up of 6,045 first doses and 15,962 second doses.
Today’s vaccination figures show 90% of New Zealanders aged over 12 years have now had their first dose and 80% are fully vaccinated. These are rounded percentages, and we expect to officially pass the 90% mark in the coming days – with just 15,083 additional doses required to reach this milestone.
There are seven new cases in Northland being reported today. They are all linked to existing cases.
Of the seven new cases, three are in Dargaville, two are in the Far North, one is in Whangarei and one is in Kaitaia. All are in isolation.
*Another person, who initially returned a positive result, remains under investigation.
There continues to be a good turnout for testing with 910 swabs taken throughout Northland yesterday.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild and they are vaccinated, is urged to get tested. Testing locations in Northland can be found on the Northland DHB website here: https://www.northlanddhb.org.nz/home/covid-19/northland-testing-locations/
There were also 1,517 people vaccinated in Northland yesterday, with about 60 percent of those in the Far North. More than half of everyone vaccinated in Northland yesterday were Mâori. The 1,517 vaccinations included 508 first doses, 985 second doses and 24 third doses.
This is a great result and the Ministry thanks everyone who came forward to be vaccinated. Vaccination centres open in Northland today can be found on the Northland DHB website here: https://www.northlanddhb.org.nz/home/covid-19/northland-vaccination-clinics/
There are 25 new cases in Waikato being reported today, with 20 from Hamilton, four from Ōtorohanga, and one from Cambridge.
Importantly, of these new cases, 15 are known close contacts from a single household in Hamilton where an earlier case had been confirmed and is already in isolation.
Of the total cases, 18 are known contacts to previous contacts who are already isolating, and public health staff are investigating any links for the remaining seven cases.
There are seven pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Ngāruawāhia, Huntly, Ōtorohanga, Te Awamutu, and Te Kuiti.
There were 1,879 swabs processed in Waikato yesterday and 1,855 doses of vaccine were given.
Public health staff are now supporting 166 people to isolate at home in Waikato.
There are 18 community testing centres available for testing across Auckland today.
Public health staff are renewing their calls to anyone in Auckland who is displaying any symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested.
People in the suburbs of Ranui, Sunnyvale, Kelston, Birkdale, Manurewa and Māngere, especially, are asked to be vigilant and get tested if they are symptomatic.
Public health staff are now supporting 2,835 people to isolate at home around Auckland - this includes 1,255 cases, across 885 households.
Data reconciliation is currently underway to explain the discrepancy in the DHB and Ministry numbers which are expected to largely be due to timing of reporting.
Additional death formally reported
An additional death in Auckland has today been added to the national COVID-19 figures. This person’s death is subject to a police investigation and the Ministry will not be commenting further on it, at this stage.
A sample collected from Stratford on 9 November detected the COVID-19 virus. A further sample was collected yesterday and is currently being analysed.
A positive wastewater test can also sometimes result from an historical case who may continue to shed fragments of the virus for some weeks after their illness – even if they are not infectious.
Anyone in the area, who may have symptoms, is encouraged to seek a test. For all testing locations in the area, please visit the Healthpoint website.
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