'Leaked' document shows vaccine rollout way behind schedule: National

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said today that just over 90,000 Covid jabs have...
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said today that just over 90,000 Covid jabs have been administered. Photo: Getty images
Early estimates of New Zealand's Covid-19 vaccine rollout shows 390,000 vaccines were expected to have been administered by now, according to a "leaked document".

That document - a page from what appears to be a Ministry of Health report from January - was used by National to criticise the Government's vaccine rollout today.

National MP Chris Bishop. Photo: RNZ
National MP Chris Bishop. Photo: RNZ
The party's Covid-19 response spokesman, Chris Bishop, revealed the "leaked" information in the House this afternoon.

He used it to attack the Government's vaccination record, saying it shows that New Zealand is 300,000 vaccines behind schedule.

But Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the document, referred to by Bishop, was "likely to be an early working document that was shared with some DHBs".

Earlier today, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield revealed that to date just over 90,000 Covid jabs have been administered.

This was, according to Hipkins, "slightly behind schedule".

At this stage, however, it is not clear as to when this schedule was set.

Hipkins told MPs in the House that he was "broadly satisfied" with the vaccine rollout so far, which was running at roughly 95% to schedule.

And, in the coming weeks, the rollout would "increase significantly," with DHBs forecast to deliver 55,000 doses over the next week – that's roughly 7500 a day on average.

But even with this surge, New Zealand would still be behind where the "leaked" January document expected the country to be, when it comes to the vaccine rollout.

"We're miles behind where we should be," Bishop told media. "We need to catch up."

Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins says he's "broadly satisfied" with the vaccine rollout so...
Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins says he's "broadly satisfied" with the vaccine rollout so far, which was running at roughly 95% to schedule. Photo: NZ Herald

Speaking to media, Hipkins said he did not know the document that Bishop was citing. But it was likely to be a "rough working model" from officials.

"Our modelling has changed over time as we have understood more around how many vaccines in a day a vaccinator can do," he said.

He also said the Government's vaccine strategy had firmed up, after it was able to confirm that it had secured an additional 8.5 million Pfizer vaccines.

"Things have only really firmed up over the last month or so."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was also challenged in the House this afternoon; Act leader David Seymour had questions about the rollout plan as well.

But Ardern pointed out that New Zealand is in a very different position to other countries which are currently making strong inroads with their vaccination campaigns.

"People are literally not dying while they wait, so that means delivery has been different," she told the House.

The speed of the Government's vaccine rollout is not the only area that has come under fire recently - there has been mounting pressure over vaccine data on the Ministry of Health's website.

The New Zealand Herald this morning reported that no vaccination progress numbers were on the Ministry of Health's website six weeks after the rollout had begun.

But this afternoon, Bloomfield revealed that the ministry now has a much more up-to-date dashboard on its website.

The dashboard will include information "such as the number of people receiving their first vaccination, the number receiving their second dose and a graph showing vaccinations administered each week compared to the total number that had been planned," the ministry said in a statement.

"Other information on the dashboard will include the number of vaccinations administered on a given day, the number of first and second doses given by individual district health boards, and vaccinations given by ethnicity, age and sex."

 

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The initial response was good but it has been downhill all the way since. I hope the vaccination roll out isn't like the last flu programme which was a shambles. Unfortunately the signs are not good, we are way behind and slipping.

David, where do you get your info from??? Stop believing everything you hear on talkback radio. We are NOT "way behind and slipping" and do you know the reason for the last flu vaccine roll out roblems?? = the previous party who contracted out supplies.

Fake news. It was revealed in parliament yesterday that this January dated document about facts stated in February was not the true roll out figures.
Independent of the govt issued statement, my mate works for MoH and confirms that vaccines are on a 95% of target roll out.
The only misleading roll out is National's programme to supply fake news over the next few years. Doesn't matter on accuracy - its profile in the media.

Dear old Bish, God bless his heart. Doing his best to look outraged again as he quotes from an outdated discussion document. His outburst is aimed more at increasing his popularity ratings in the polls in his pointless endeavour to challenge Crusher for leadership of National. You can guarantee if the figures he quotes were reliable it would have been Crusher breaking the news, not her puppy dog.
My observations are that NZers are relaxed about the vaccine rollout the daily stats put out by the Ministry will do more to reassure them.
As for the last year's flu vaccination programme being a shambles, what utter nonsense. Some minor delays in sourcing vaccines to cope with heavily increased demand, compared to all previous years, does not constitute a shambles unless you're anti- Labour Govt.

David, can you give more evidence of how things have gone downhill, and since when
how as the last roll outa shambles, can you be more specific
Where is the evidence we are behind and slipping

Just keep watching the news!

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