It’s a momentous day for Tāmaki Makaurau, with Auckland District Health Board  becoming the first DHB in the country to reach the 90 per cent double-dose milestone.

The city’s two other DHBs are also rapidly bearing down on the target, with Waitematā currently sitting at 87 per cent double dose rates and Counties Manukau at 84.

 Northern Region Health Coordination Centre’s Programme Director Matt Hannant is thrilled with the news.

 “This success is absolutely down to the countless hours, good spirits and sustained efforts of all the community leaders, Māori and Pacific provider partners and GP, pharmacy and DHB staff. They’ve been out there at community events and on the streets with their mobile campervan clinics, doing everything from answering questions and providing vaccinations through to manning sausage sizzles.

 “We really want to thank the community for stepping up to help protect themselves and their whānau.” He says the programme’s outreach teams have also done a tremendous job with vaccinating some of the harder to reach communities, with over 23,000 people vaccinated in recent weeks. Some highlights include delivering:

  • Over 900 in-home vaccinations
  • Over 2,000 vaccinations across disability providers
  • Over 500 vaccinations of students, staff and families at specialist schools
  • Over 2,000 vaccinations at emergency and transitional housing
  • More than 15,000 vaccinations by the community vaccination buses and;
  • Over 2,500 vaccinations via the community campervan teams.”

Hannant says that lots of support is available for those who haven’t yet got their vaccination and might be feeling unsure.

 “It’s okay to still be feeling a bit unsure. We know that some people still have questions, so please come along to have a chat to one of our staff members, or speak with your trusted health professional.

 “There are still lots of opportunities to get your first or second dose now, so that you can start using the new vaccine pass and make the most of your summer. We also have free taxis available for those that might have difficulty getting along to a clinic.”