New Zealand Government Aims For Record 100,000 COVID-19 Vaccinations In One Day


Writer: Lois

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On Tuesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her government aims to administer a record 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses on October 16 in a mass immunisation campaign.

This “vaxathon” will be aired live on New Zealand television from 12pm to 8pm this Saturday.

Over 69,000 New Zealanders were vaccinated yesterday. There were 43 new cases of COVID-19 today, with 40 from Auckland and 3 in Waikato.

Ms Ardern urged New Zealanders over 12 years of age to get vaccinated “for New Zealand”.

“. . .help make us [one of] the most vaccinated and therefore protected countries in the world,” she said.

“There is nothing stopping us other than people [not] showing up,” she also said during a media briefing in Wellington.

Currently, around 2.44 million, or 58 per cent of New Zealanders over 12, have been fully vaccinated.

New Zealand has 4,345 confirmed cases and 28 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 to date.

Meanwhile, the most recent New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (MedSafe) vaccine safety report reveals over 20,000 Comirnaty (Pfizer) adverse reaction events and 68 deaths as of September 18, 2021.

MedSafe has also not yet approved the Comirnaty vaccine for use on the New Zealand population.

Some of New Zealand’s lockdown restrictions have been eased since last week in a three-stage plan to lift New Zealand out of lockdown. Some of the changes include gathering in groups of up to 10 people outside and going for picnics and barbeques.

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