Queenstown passes Dunedin in vaccination race

The Queenstown-Lakes District is now the most Covid-protected place in the country with nearly 100% of its eligible population having had one dose of the vaccine.

The latest data from the Ministry of Health shows, as of this morning, 81.3% of the population is fully vaccinated and 96.5% of residents who were eligible for the vaccine have had at least one dose.

It falls within the Southern DHB area which has a 73.7% full vaccination rate as of yesterday.


Queenstown-Lakes overtook Dunedin which has been leading the ranks for three weeks. The city has now dropped into second place with 80.7% of people fully vaccinated and 92% have had at least one dose.

Central Otago is sitting at 76% double vaccinations and 88.8% have had at least one jab.

Wellington has jumped up a place and now sits in third with 78.6% of people fully vaccinated. In comparison, 76% of the Capital and Coast DHB area have had two jabs.

Marlborough (77.9%) and Auckland (77.2%) round out the top five.

Of those in the Nelson Marlborough DHB area 75.3% have had two jabs.

Auckland will move into the Government's new traffic light framework when it has hit a vaccination target of 90% across all three of its DHBs.

As of yesterday, the Auckland DHB had a full vaccination rate of 81.8%, Waitematā 76.6% and Counties Manakau 73.6%.

The rest of the country will move into the framework when each individual DHB hits a target of 90%.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland is scheduled to hit its target before Christmas, meaning relative freedoms will return by the summer.

There are three stages of the framework but all three allow relatively high rates of freedom compared to the current alert level system. However, they will also require the use of vaccine certificates for nearly everything apart from essential retail and services, like supermarkets and GPs.