New Zealand making ‘huge progress’ in vaccinations, experts say


New Zealand is making “huge progress” on Covid-19 vaccinations with nearly a quarter of the country fully vaccinated, experts say.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Sunday that 73 per cent of New Zealanders over the age of 40 had either received their first vaccination or were booked in to get a jab.

On Saturday there were 52,206 doses administered nationally. More than 2.75 million doses of the vaccine had been given since the roll-out began; 1.75 million first doses and just under one million were second doses.

“New Zealand is making huge progress on vaccinations. You look at the numbers, it’s the proportion of people who have been fully vaccinated or who have had one or more dosages … that’s real progress.”

He said the country was on track to have everyone vaccinated by the end of the year.