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Of these, 126,226 were second doses.
Southern Covid-19 vaccination programme lead Hamish Brown said this equated to 78.3% of the population aged 12 and over receiving at least one dose and 43.5% fully vaccinated.
In the Southern district 59.8% of Maori have received one dose and 31.1% are fully vaccinated (compared to 51.5% and 25.1% nationally), and 77.3% of Pasifika have received one dose and 40.5% are fully vaccinated (compared to 66.5% and 35.1% nationally).
‘‘We have been so pleased with the public response to the vaccine and the hard work of all our health care workers on the ground who have kept up with demand, especially under the recent restrictions,’’ Mr Brown said.
‘‘We want over 90% of the Southern population vaccinated before Christmas, so urge everyone who hasn’t yet received their vaccine to take the opportunity now and to encourage friends and whanau, too.’’
The Covid-19 vaccine is free and available to everyone in New Zealand over the age of 12, regardless of immigration status. There are enough doses for everyone to be vaccinated by the end of the year.
There are more than 110 providers in the Southern DHB. Walk-in vaccinations are available at mass vaccination clinics in Invercargill and Dunedin and vaccinating pharmacies across the district.
General practices may be in a position to offer walk-ins and advertise these locally.
Booked appointments are also available via bookmyvaccine.nz or over the phone by calling 0800282926.