Manawatu Standard

Jab rates poised to ramp up

- Bridie Witton

Over 65s and those with underlying health conditions will be able to book their Covid19 vaccinatio­n appointmen­t by the end of the month.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday outlined how vaccinatio­ns will track up in the coming weeks. He said all in group 3 would be able to book their vaccinatio­ns before the end of July. However, this didn’t guarantee people would be able to make an appointmen­t right away, he added.

About 180,000 Kiwis in group 3 have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with more than 1,553,000 doses administer­ed around the country. ‘‘By end of this month we will have infrastruc­ture in place to manage the largest vaccinatio­n programme New Zealand has ever taken.’’

More than 9500 vaccinator­s have been trained and there are more than 600 vaccinatio­n centres around the country. Hipkins expected the country’s tally to hit 2 million doses in the next two weeks. A daily high point was also recorded on Tuesday when more than 30,358 doses were given.

Of the 1,553,035 doses administer­ed, 628,259 were second doses, meaning those people were now fully vaccinated.

Vaccinatio­ns would ramp up to around 50,000 doses a day. ‘‘These numbers will continue to get bigger and we’ll be vaccinatin­g upwards of 70,000 people on some days in the weeks ahead,’’ Hipkins said.

It comes after the largest shipment of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to date landed in Auckland. More than 370,000 doses arrived on Sunday.

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