On the first day out of lockdown, Aotearoa’s biggest city is celebrating more than one significant vaccination achievement.

Ninety per cent of the eligible population in Tāmaki Makaurau is now fully vaccinated, with the milestone being struck today. Waitemāta DHB has joined Auckland DHB in surpassing the mark. Counties Manukau isn’t far off, with the DHB projected to hit 90 per cent within the next couple of weeks.

And, 80 per cent of Māori aged 12 and over in Auckland DHB are now fully vaccinated.

NRHCC vaccination programme director Matt Hannant says it’s an exciting day.

“This success is a testament to the determination and relentless efforts of our Māori and Pacific providers, who have been bringing the vaccine and information to all corners of the city for months on end.”

He says the news will no doubt provide some extra comfort to Aucklanders, who today have new freedoms under the traffic light system, but also to people outside of the city in the lead-up to the border re-opening and the summer holidays.

NRHCC Māori lead Karl Snowden says the consistent hard work on the ground has absolutely paid off.

“It’s heart-warming to hear that such a large proportion of our Māori population, who are three times more likely to be hospitalised with COVID-19, are now protected.

“Our Māori providers who have taken to the streets with their vaccination buses and campervans for months on end, don’t plan on letting up until that all-important target is met.”

Mr Snowden says he’s confident that Counties Manukau will hit 90 per cent double-dose very soon, particularly with the large number of pop-up events planned in south Auckland right up until December 23.

Tomorrow, Whanau Ora is holding a 12-hour vaccination event with a line-up of bands and musicians, including Rob Ruha. There’s also a youth night market vaccination drive-through on Saturday in Papatoetoe, the Gotyadot campaign is happening at sites across the city and a drive-in movie and vaccination event happening at the Airport Park and Ride on Sunday.