Over half of city fully vaccinated

Covid-19 vaccination rates continue to climb steadily in Dunedin; 58.3% of eligible people are now fully vaccinated.

Southern Covid-19 vaccine programme lead Hamish Brown said, as of Tuesday, 81.75% of the Southern district population aged over 12 had received at least one dose and 53.3% were fully vaccinated.

In Dunedin, 87.78% had received at least one dose and 58.30% were fully vaccinated.

‘‘In the Southern district, we want to vaccinate at least 90% of the population by Christmas and have the capacity to meet demand,’’ Mr Brown said.

‘‘So we strongly encourage anyone who has not yet received their vaccine to go and get theirs now so we can all get back to the things we love as soon as jdvpossible.’’

The Covid-19 vaccine is free and available to everyone in New Zealand over the age of 12, regardless of immigration status, and there is enough vaccine for everyone to be fully vaccinated by the end of the year.

No appointments are required at vaccinating pharmacies across the district, and at vaccination centres in Dunedin and Invercargill throughout the week.

Bookings are available at more than 110 providers through bookmyvaccine.nz or over the phone by calling 0800 28 29 26.

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