How is NZ's COVID-19 vaccination process progressing amid the Delta outbreak?

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How is NZ's COVID-19 vaccination process progressing amid the Delta outbreak?

 How is NZ's COVID-19 vaccination process progressing amid the Delta outbreak?
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Highlights 

  • New Zealand is struck by the deadlier version of COVID-19, the Delta variant, with the greatest number of cases coming from Auckland followed by Wellington.
  • Currently, under alert level 4 lockdown, the NZ Government held a conference in the afternoon to give updates on the pandemic.
  • The country witnessed over one million New Zealanders getting vaccinated against COVID-19 during the weekend.
  • Its health authorities stated that the nation’s vaccination programme was on track and aimed to vaccinate all the eligible individuals by the year end.

With the emergence of new COVID-19 cases across New Zealand, the NZ Government has extended a nationwide alert level 4 lockdown until 31 August.

NZ witnessed a rise in COVID-19 cases  

With the detection of 35 new cases, the country's total COVID-19 cases have now sprung to 107. Out of these, 99 are from Auckland, and eight are from Wellington.

Jacinda Ardern, the NZ Prime Minister, and Dr Ashley Bloomfield, the country's Director General of Health, held a press conference at 4:00 pm on 23 August and announced the extension of the NZ lockdown until 31 August.

Ardern stated that the pandemic had not reached its peak yet, and more assurance was required on that front. Further, she mentioned that COVID-19 eradication from the nation was their plan amid the ongoing vaccination rollout.

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All the new cases have been transferred to managed isolation facilities and the authorities do not expect a further rise in COVID-19 cases.

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New Zealand administers over one million doses during the weekend

On 20 August, a record 56,843 doses and on 21 August, over 50K doses were administered, thereby vaccinating more than one million New Zealanders during the weekend.

To sum up, as of 22 August, the first and second doses amounting to 1,779,465 and 1,007,801, respectively, have been given.

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Thus, the total number of doses given to date comes to 2,787,266. Moreover, the country’s My Vaccine system reflects 1.5 million active bookings, and the NZ health authorities are determined to vaccinate all the eligible Kiwis by the end of the year.

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Acknowledgement to the country’s health workforce

Chris Hipkins, NZ’s Minister for COVID-19 Response, has acknowledged and thanked the country's health workforce for stepping out to various testing centres, hospitals, and vaccination clinics, and working tirelessly amid the pandemic.

Also, now more than half a thousand pharmacies and general practices are administering COVID-19 vaccines across the country and the numbers are slated to rise in the future.

 

Teenagers at risk from COVID-19’s Delta variant

Recently, Medsafe, New Zealand's medicines regulator has granted approval to vaccinate young people aged 12-15 years.

Parents and guardians can now book their appointments. Vaccination centres may try to accommodate those 12-15-year-olds who don’t have bookings, subject to availability.

Globally, the rate of children contracting the monster pathogen has been low but could rise in the future. In the US, 18% of the recent reported COVID-19 cases, represented the children and its health officials are investigating if the new variant is more harmful to the children.

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One of the top virologists from the Otago University, too, was not sure of the rise of COVID-19 cases among children.

In New Zealand, extending the vaccine rollout to 12-15-year-olds has been widely welcomed across the country.

It is noted that vaccine trial results for 5 to 11-year-olds are due towards September end, followed by trial results for six-months to 4-year-olds.

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Bottom Line

With the re-emergence of COVID- 19 across Aotearoa, the New Zealand government is leaving no stone unturned to safeguard its borders and curb the spread of the deadly virus within the country.

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