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Capital and Coast first to achieve 90% vaccination of eligible Māori

News from CCDHB
The numbers are in and it’s official – today we reached 90% second dose for Māori in the CCDHB region. Thank you to everyone for all their mahi.

We won’t be taking our collective foot off the pedal any time soon but this is an achievement worth celebrating.

RNZ reports that Kahungunu Whānau Services chief executive Ali Hamlin-Paenga said it was great to reach the milestone, but there is still mahi to do.

“I still think we need to keep focused on that 10 percent and keep the momentum going. The only other thing that comes to mind is those of our population that aren’t registered with a GP and whose data may not be getting captured in one form or another,” Hamlin-Paenga said. “We are keeping the foot on the pedal in terms of vaccinations. There is Omicron that is on our doorstep, there is Delta that is still on our doorstep.”

Earlier News from Ministry of Health
Wellington’s Capital and Coast District Health Board will today become the first DHB area to reach the 90% fully vaccinated milestone for eligible Māori. When the region’s clinics closed for the day yesterday, they were only 32 second doses short and they’re expected to reach this significant milestone at some point today.

Not far behind in reaching 90% fully vaccinated for their eligible Māori populations are Canterbury and Auckland DHBs, who may get there next week.

Forty two percent of the population currently eligible have now received their booster shot.

We are strongly recommending boosters for anyone over the age of 18 who had their second vaccine dose at least four months ago.

Vaccination remains our key defence against all variants of COVID-19 including Omicron.

Today we are reporting 13 people at the border with COVID-19. New Zealand continues to see many border cases arriving from overseas, reflecting the growing number of Omicron cases globally.

The seven-day rolling average of border cases is 29.

As part of our collective preparations for Omicron please check your details are up to date with your regular healthcare provider and in the COVID-19 Tracer app.


  1. Sophie Trigger, 13. January 2022, 17:23

    Exciting milestone, comes about six weeks after CCDHB general population hit 90 per cent fully vaxxed.
    Ora Toa PHO Clinical director Dr Sean Hanna says there’s opportunity there to make booster and 5-11 y.o rollout more equitable for Māori. [via twitter]

  2. Vincristine, 14. January 2022, 17:38

    CCDHB choosing a Maori health provider to lead the rollout of our vaccination campaign is the reason we have more than 90% of Maori vaccinated. Good work Ora Toa PHO and CCDHB. [via twitter]


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