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Third Tairawhiti area reaches 90 percent

2742 . . . that is number of residents the Tairāwhiti region needs to get their first Covid vaccination dose if we are to reach the national target of 90 percent.

The latest Ministry of Health figures (as of midnight November 16) released yesterday show 35,027 Tairawhiti residents have received at least their first dose, and 29,859 their second.

Whataupoko West is the latest Tairawhiti area to reach the target, at 91 percent, following Whataupoko East at 93.3 and Hexton 92.5.

Wainui-Okitu could be the next suburb to pass 90. It is at 89.2 percent, up 1.4 percentage points from last week.

Also close to reaching 90 percent are Gisborne Central at 88.4, Lytton 88.2 percent, Riverdale 87.5 percent and Kaiti North 87.3 percent.

The suburbs/regions with the lowest (first dose) vaccination rates are Kaiti South on 71.4 and Ruatoria- Raukumara 73.8.

Tairawhiti is no longer the worst-performing district health board area for the first dose vaccination rate.

Latest stats show Tairawhiti at 83.5 and Northland at 83.0. However, Tairawhiti continues to be the worst for second dose — 71.3, with Northland second on 72.1.

■ THE Institute of Environmental Science and Research confirmed this morning further Covid-19 wastewater tests were conducted in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay on Monday and results were pending. Results last week came back negative for Covid after the positive readings the week before. An ESR spokesman said this morning the latest batch of tests were still in the process of being analysed. “We should have the results available for release later today or tomorrow.”

  1. Manu Caddie says:

    I think it’s worth noting that while some parts of the district may be reaching 90 percent and the most populous parts may take the region over 90 percent, a number of our poorest and most remote communities won’t get there until the end of January at the earliest, unless something significant changes. The daily vaccination rate nationally has plateaued since the end of September and it is getting harder everywhere to reach the 90 percent level for first dose let alone second dose.
    Figures just published by the European Centre for Disease Control show how effective the vaccine is in highly vaccinated populations compared to low vaccinated countries across Europe. The ECDC estimates more than half a million lives have been saved in Europe thanks to ordinary people everywhere being willing to be vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
    Meanwhile, the B1.1.529 variant that is taking off in South Africa has a very unusual constellation of mutations, with more than 30 mutations in the spike protein alone. On the ACE2 receptor — the protein that helps to create an entry point for the coronavirus to infect human cells — the new variant has 10 mutations. In comparison, the Beta variant has three, the Delta variant has two. This nasty virus is very good at adapting itself to avoid us beating it.