The Ministry of Health says today’s low number of COVID-19 cases is welcome news, particularly with increasing testing numbers nationwide.
“We thank New Zealanders for the care they have taken over the holiday period while travelling across the country and connecting with friends and family,” the Ministry said in a statement today.
“However, we know case numbers can be quite variable from day to day and it remains likely that there will be a rise again in coming days.
Just 14 new COVID-19 cases – and nine at the border – were reported in the past 24 hours, from 14,705 tests.
“The Ministry would urge the public to remain vigilant, including scanning, wearing masks where required, and most importantly ensuring they are fully vaccinated, including people who are now eligible for a booster dose.”
With Omicron cases continuing to be detected at the border, vaccination remains our key defence against all variants of COVID-19, including Omicron, the Ministry said.
In the past 24 hours, 47,796 booster doses were given – a record to date.
A total of 548,733 booster doses have now been given since they became available in late November 2021, representing more than 36% of those who are currently eligible.
Boosters are strongly recommended for anyone over 18 who has had their second dose at least 4 months ago.
From 17 January 2022, anyone who has had their second dose more than 4 months ago can book a booster at BookMyVaccine.nz. Many clinics are accepting walk-ins for boosters right now. You can also book currently by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline team on 0800 28 29 26.
Meanwhile, more than 90% of 12 to 15 year olds, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.