Saturday, July 20, 2024

Super Saturday breaks jabs record

A record-breaking 130,002 people rolled up their sleeve for yesterday’s Super Saturday vaccination effort.

Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield said people across the motu had embraced Super Saturday like their communities’ lives depended on it.

“It was inspiring to witness as we know the COVID-19 vaccine is key to our efforts to control the virus,” Dr Bloomfield said.

“Auckland did incredibly well with its biggest ever vaccination day and I congratulate and thank everyone there who stepped forward to protect themselves, their whānau and their community – 41,081 people were vaccinated there yesterday, including 9,039 first doses and 32,042 second doses.”

He said New Zealand had now hit 89% of first vaccine doses in arms.

“I continue to urge everyone in Auckland who hasn’t received their first vaccination to get vaccinated as soon as possible. And remember, we’re not stopping at 90% – the higher, the better for everyone,” he said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a visit to the Pasifika Youth Vax Festival at Cannons Creek Cage in Porirua on Super Saturday.

“At the start of yesterday, we needed 29,399 more people in Auckland to get their first dose to reach 90% so we’re only 20,360 short. Over the past week, Auckland averaged about 4000 first doses daily so we’re on track to reach that milestone this week.”

New Zealand recorded 51 new community cases today – 47 in Auckland and four in the Waikato.

“As at 9am today, 28 of these cases are linked, of whom 18 are household contacts, and 23 remain unlinked with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the current outbreak,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

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