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.”