COVID 19 Delta Outbreak: Project 90% – How Close is Your Age Range to 90%?

With more people vaccinated each day, what are the vaccination levels like in the 17 DHB groups in New Zealand in different age groups? photo / Michael Craig

Herald’s analysis shows that older kiwis are quickly approaching full vaccination, but first-dose reservations among the younger generation are on the decline.

Data provided by the Department of Health shows that at least 90 percent of people 65 and over received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday in two of New Zealand’s 17 DHB groups.

The other two – Northland and West Coast – are closer to 89% for this age group.

Only one DHB – South Canterbury – has fully immunized 90 percent of people 65 and over and 4 percent have booked for their second job.

Eight DHBs – Whanganui, Midcentral, Wairarapa, Lake, Capital and Coast / Hut Valley, Nelson Marlborough, Canterbury and Southern – have already made enough bookings to reach 90% in this age group.

Taranaki lags behind with 73 percent, but an additional 15 percent has been set aside for a second job.

First-dose immunization levels in people aged 12 to 34 were sporadic across the country, and the number of appointments made was extremely low in many areas.

Southern, Capital and Coast / Hut Valley and Auckland Metro (a combination of Waitemata, Auckland and County Manukau DHB) had achieved first-dose immunization levels of at least 70 percent of their overall eligible population.

Incentives have been widely used to make vaccination more attractive to people.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Incentives have been widely used to make vaccination more attractive to people. Photo / Dean Purcell

61 percent of Canterbury children aged 12 to 34 were employed for the first time, and an additional 11 percent were booked.

However, this was the highest level of reservations in any age group for any DHB for the first dose.

Taranaki only recorded the same volume of reservations for unvaccinated populations aged 12 to 34 and 35 to 64, with 8% and 9% respectively.

For all other DHBs, no more than 5 percent of their unvaccinated population had booked.

Northland recorded the lowest levels of first-dose immunization for populations 12-34 and 35-64, 44 and 69 percent, respectively.

It was one of three DHBs that had no more than 1% of the population booked to join Hawke’s Bay and Teravity (the latter did not include children aged 35-64).

The levels of the second administered and reserved dose were broadly similar for the two younger age groups.

Where to get vaccinated in Auckland – without reservation

In the youngest age group, the rates of double vaccination administered ranged from 11 percent (Northland) to 27 percent (Auckland Metro).

The second doses reserved ranged from 13% (Tairaviti) to 44% (Capital and Coast / Hut Valley).

In middle-aged people, the level of the second administered dose ranged from 31 percent (Taranaki) to 51 percent (Auckland Metro).

However, Taranaki had the highest number in this age group booked for the second dose (39%), while Tiravati had the lowest at 14%.

Nationally, 65% of people aged 12 to 34 had received a vaccine and 33% had reserved their second vaccine. Twenty-one percent were fully vaccinated while 4 percent had booked their first vaccination.

For those aged 35 to 64, 80% had reserved a job and 29% had reserved the second. Forty-five percent were fully vaccinated and 3 percent reserved their first vaccine.

For those 65 and over, 92 percent had gotten a job and 7 percent had reserved theirs for another. 81 percent were fully immunized and less than 1 percent booked their first job.

Dr Colin Tuquitonga, Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Auckland.  photo / NZME
Dr Colin Tuquitonga, Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Auckland. photo / NZME

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, associate professor of public health at the University of Auckland, said the drop in bookings was likely due to two factors; Reluctance to vaccination and wide access to vaccines.

A large number of vaccination centers across the country no longer require reservations, due to the wide availability of vaccines.

Tukuitonga said that as vaccination levels approach 100 percent, it will become more difficult for people with anti-vaccine or hesitant to get vaccinated.

“For any vaccine, it’s very easy to make the first 60 to 70 percent, it’s the fruit at hand,” he said.

“As you move towards the tail it gets harder and harder.”

He said it was important for vaccination levels among young people to be increased as soon as possible, citing the large proportion of young New Zealanders infected during the current outbreak in Delta.

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