Vaccination rates among Pacifica in Taranaki have reached 90 per cent first dose.
Taranaki’s Pacifica community has exceeded the 90 per cent first dose mark and is just 183 doses away from reaching the 90 per cent fully vaccinated goal.
Bevan Clayton-Smith, Taranaki’s Covid vaccination programme senior responsible officer, said while it was great to see the number of people getting vaccinated increasing, he was especially happy to have reached the 90 per cent milestone in the Pacifica community.
There are 1270 Pacifica people in Taranaki currently eligible to be vaccinated.
“It is well documented that Pacifica communities are particularly susceptible to the Covid-19 virus, so knowing they have the highest level of protection we can offer is very reassuring,” he said in a press release.
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Taranaki’s total eligible population of 102,147 people aged 12 and over is also just days away from reaching the 90 per cent first dose mark, with 1,229 shots needed.
With just under 200 shots being given a day that first dose target could be reached within a week, keeping the region on track to reach 90 per cent double dosed before Christmas.
Vaccination levels among Taranaki Māori are increasing, but at 77 per cent first dose, they continue to lag behind the regional average.
As of November 22 there were still 2005 shots needed for Māori to reach 90 per cent first dose.
At the current 7-day average of 57 shots a day, it would take another 35 days to reach 90 per cent.
Taranaki iwi leaders last week set their community an end of year first dose target of 95 per cent, in preparation for the opening of the Auckland border in mid-December.
Of the eligible population of 15,904, just 61 per cent of Taranaki Māori were fully vaccinated by November 22.
Clayton -Smith said the Māori rate of vaccination had been increasing significantly over the past few weeks.
“This is testament to the hard mahi and collaboration between the vaccination programme and Te Aranga and our Māori health partner providers Tui Ora, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngaruahine,” he said
“We still have a significant part of the mountain to climb, but I think we can say that the summit is in sight for everyone.”