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90% of eligible people in CCDHB fully vaccinated; new case in Nelson

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board
Capital & Coast DHB has today reached the milestone of vaccinating 90 percent of the eligible population against COVID-19, the second DHB in the country to do so. The following statement is from Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan:

“We are delighted to have 90 percent of eligible people in the Capital & Coast DHB region fully vaccinated. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of thousands of people across the region, as well as the incredible collaboration between Māori and Pacific providers, PHOs, the local pharmacy network and the DHB.

“From the beginning we have taken an approach of using familiar places and familiar faces to help ensure people who are most at risk or who may have difficulty accessing health services can get vaccinated in a way that makes them feel comfortable and safe. We are now seeing the dividends of this approach.

“In saying that, our job is far from over. Our measure of success rests very much on reaching 90 per cent full coverage for all of our people across both CCDHB and Hutt Valley DHB, particularly Māori and Pacific communities, and people with disabilities. We are seeing encouraging progress in achieving these milestones but we know there are neighbourhoods that still have higher numbers of people who are unvaccinated.

“Teams are working hard to reach them, not only taking the vaccines and vaccinators to the places where people live and work, but also taking time to connect and open opportunities for ongoing conversations to help people feel more comfortable and confident in being vaccinated.

“Every person vaccinated is something to celebrate and be proud of, so we would also like to thank everyone who has already played their part in protecting our communities and the region by being vaccinated.”

News from Ministry of Health
Capital & Coast DHB has today achieved 90% of its eligible population fully vaccinated, becoming the second DHB in the country to achieve this significant milestone after Auckland DHB.

There were 14,009 total doses* administered yesterday, made up 3,679 first doses and 8,040 second doses. To date, 92% of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 85% are fully vaccinated.

Today, we are reporting new community cases in Northland (5), Auckland (167), and Waikato (10). A total of 93 covid patients are in hospital.

There is also a new case in the Nelson-Marlborough region, following a positive test result being returned last night. The case and their close contacts are in isolation, with testing of contacts underway. Investigations into the possible source of infection are ongoing.

The new case in Hawke’s Bay is now isolating in a community isolation facility. Close contacts have been contacted and are isolating at home. Two close contacts in the case’s household have returned negative tests.

Patients at Hawke’s Bay Hospital Emergency Department at the same time as this case have now been contacted and asked to self-monitor for symptoms. Investigations into the source of this case’s infection have linked it to an Auckland case.