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Two more suburbs reach 90% vaccination rate

GISBORNE Central (90.5 percent) and Wainui-Okitu (90.4) are the latest Tairawhiti suburbs to reach the 90 percent first dose or more vaccination rate.

They join Whatupoko East at 94 percent, Hexton 93.3 and Whatupoko West 92.9, according to Ministry of Health figures , dated up to midnight on Tuesday.

Five other regions are recording in excess of 88 percent and couuld reach 90 percent next week.

The overall Tairawhiti vaccination rate is 85.2 percent for the first dose and 73.6 for the second (as of midnight Tuesday).

The region needs 2044 people to have their first dose to reach the 90 percent target.

The national figure is 92 percent for the first dose, and 84 percent for the second.

Kaiti Outer is the lowest vaccinated area, with 74.7 percent of residents having received their first dose.