Taranaki Programme Weekly Update
After the excitement of reaching the 90% milestone for first doses for the total population last week, we are now steadily building towards the same milestone for second doses!
As a region, Taranaki is now sitting at 85% of the total population fully vaccinated – and with numbers rising a percentage point around every three-to-four days, we are on track to hit 90% just before Christmas.
Māori vaccination rates are also maintaining their upward trend – now sitting at 83% for first doses and a much-improved 70% for second doses.
As the holiday season approaches and more people are travelling around the country to visit friends and whānau to celebrate Christmas and enjoy a good old Kiwi summer, the likelihood of the COVID-19 virus spreading is far more likely.
So ensuring you are fully vaccinated is still vitally important in managing the outbreak, reducing transmission rates and preventing our health service from becoming overwhelmed.
Those aged 18 years and over can receive a booster shot six months after their second dose, which helps to maintain the levels of protection immunisation provides. You will receive a text message or an email when your booster is due.