Close to 4,500 booster shots were administered yesterday (4,494), a jump of more than 1,500 on the day before.
This increase provides a timely reminder that from tomorrow (Wednesday 5 January), the interval between second doses and boosters reduces from six months to four months.
This means anyone aged 18 and over who had their second vaccination at least four months ago can have their booster dose.
COVID-19 testing also increased in the last 24 hours, with around 1,000 more tests administered than the previous day.
We are today reporting 29 cases identified at the border. While still awaiting whole genome sequencing of these cases, it is expected that some of these cases will be the Omicron variant.
This variant of COVID-19 continues to be having a significant impact globally, so is not unexpected to see an increase of cases identified at the border.
Cases in hospital: 53; North Shore: 9; Auckland: 16; Middlemore: 22; Tauranga: 5 Rotorua: 1
Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only): Unvaccinated or not eligible (20 cases / 46.5%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (8 cases / 18.6%); fully vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (14 cases / 32.6%); 1 unknown (2.3%).
Average age of current hospitalisations: 53
Cases in ICU or HDU: 6 (3 in Middlemore; 3 in Tauranga)
No unexpected detections
Poster scans in the 24 hours to midday yesterday: 1,920,212
Manual diary entries in the 24 hours to midday: 39,515
Today, we are reporting new community cases in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Lakes.
We are continuing to ask anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Please stay at home until you return a negative test result.
Testing and vaccination centre locations nationwide can be found on the Healthpoint website.
There are 14 new cases being reported in Auckland today.
Health and welfare providers are now supporting 1,174 people to isolate at home, including 340 cases.
Household contact of border-related case tests positive
Today we are reporting a third border-related case with the Omicron variant.
Today’s case is a household contact of the Air New Zealand crew member who tested positive last week with the Omicron variant.
The household contact has been in isolation during their symptomatic period. Public health staff are continuing to investigate however at this stage there are no locations of interest or exposure events.
The household contact has now been transferred to a MIQ facility. The second household contact, who’s also in isolation, continues to test negative.
The case is fully vaccinated.
There is one new case in Waikato today. The case is in Waharoa and has been linked to previous cases.
Pop-up testing sites are operating in Waihi and Whitianga today. For details of all dedicated testing sites operating over the holiday period, please visit the DHB page or DHB Facebook page.
Public Health staff, primary care and manaaki providers in the region are currently supporting 56 cases to isolate at home.
There are twelve new cases to report in Bay of Plenty today. Eleven of these cases are in Tauranga and one case in the Western Bay of Plenty district.
Of today’s cases, eight are linked to previously reported cases, and the rest are being investigated for potential links.
There are four new cases to report in Rotorua. All cases are linked to previously reported cases.
Some statistics posted on the Ministry of Health website yesterday were incorrect due a coding error. The figures relating to the vaccination status of hospitalised cases have been updated.
Over the Christmas break there will be regular COVID-19 updates published and tweeted each day apart from: