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Ten million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in New Zealand.
Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said the country reached the “exciting” milestone at around 2pm today. Uptake of the vaccine has surged in recent weeks thanks to those aged five to 11 receiving their first dose, along with boosters being made available to one million more New Zealanders last week.
“The number on its own tells a great story. But it’s what it signifies for the people in our country that’s the most important factor,” said Hipkins. “Ten million vaccines, including more than 1.7 million boosters, means our communities already have a good level of protection against omicron – with more to come.”
Every single district health board has now hit the 90% milestone for first doses, added Hipkins.