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Source: Covid-19 New Zealand Government Announcements

Super Saturday

Super Saturday provided a huge boost to New Zealand’s response to COVID-19, with a record-breaking 130,002 people putting their arms out for vaccinations yesterday, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.

“People across the motu embraced Super Saturday like their communities’ lives depended on it.  It was inspiring to witness as we know the COVID-19 vaccine is key to our efforts to control the virus.

“Auckland did incredibly well with its biggest ever vaccination day and I congratulate and thank everyone there who stepped forward to protect themselves, their whānau and their community — 41,081 people were vaccinated there yesterday, including 9,039 first doses and 32,042 second doses.

“They’ve hit 89% of their eligible population who have had their first dose and are tantalisingly close to reaching 90%. I continue to urge everyone in Auckland who hasn’t received their first vaccination to get vaccinated as soon as possible. And remember, we’re not stopping at 90% — the higher, the better for everyone.”

At the start of yesterday, we needed 29,399 more people in Auckland to get their first dose to reach 90% so we’re only 20,360 short. Over the past week, Auckland averaged about 4,000 first doses daily so we’re on track to reach that milestone this week.

A more detailed breakdown of the vaccination data by District Health Board will be released shortly.