• Central Hawke’s Bay reaches 90 per cent fully vaccinated milestone

Central Hawke’s Bay reaches 90 per cent fully vaccinated milestone

Ninety per cent of the eligible population in Central Hawke's Bay have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Hawke’s Bay DHB Covid-19 Vaccination Senior Responsible Officer Chris Mckenna said today the vaccine rollout in Central Hawke’s Bay was a team effort by its council, iwi, general practice, Hauora providers and the DHB with 11,350 people having had both doses as of this morning.

“Reaching 90 per cent fully vaccinated is a fantastic milesone to achieve and means the community is in a better position to be protected from Covid-19. However, the mahi doesn’t stop here as many people are now due for their booster dose which is so important to get as it provides the best protection against the Omicron variant.

“Anyone yet to get up-to-date with their vaccinations should get this done as soon as possible as there are many vaccine opportunities available in Central Hawke’s Bay. 

“Fully vaccinated people are less likely to get sick with the virus, less likely to pass it on and are much less likely to get seriously ill or require hospital care.”

Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker said teamwork had been crucial to the Central Hawke’s Bay community hitting the 90 percent fully vaccinated mark this week.

“It was vital that every person, in every part of our district could access vaccination and teamwork has got us there. Together with Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea, Council has worked alongside the DHB and health services to ensure that the vaccine rollout works for us – by local people, for local people.

“With full hospital services up to an hour and a half away from some parts of Central Hawke’s Bay, we need to ensure that we have done all we can to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 when it reaches us and having such a high vaccination rate is a very good place to start from,” Mayor Walker said.