Tue, Nov 23, 2021 3:39 PM

Region near 11k vaccinations away from 90 per cent target

90 per cent of the Top of the South have received their first jab dose but over 10,000 doses will need to be administered to reach 90 per cent target. Photo: file.

Staff Reporter

The Top of the South has finally reached 90 per cent in first doses for the Covid-19 vaccine, though a further 10,803 doses is needed to meet national targets.

According to the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, 91 per cent of Nelson, 88 per cent of Tasman and 93 per cent of Marlborough residents have had their first vaccine as of Tuesday.

When it comes to second doses, 82 per cent of Nelson, 80 per cent of Tasman and 85 per cent of Marlborough residents are fully vaccinated.

NMDHB spokesperson Cathy O’Malley says the three demographics with the lowest vaccination rates are people under 24, males aged 40-55 and Māori under 55.

"All providers continue to accommodate walk-ins and the range of options from large clinics, outreach events, primary care providers, Kaupapa Māori clinics and in-home visits means getting the vaccine has never been easier," says Cathy.

In Nelson Marlborough, 77 per cent of Māori have had their first dose while 63 per cent are fully vaccinated.

"At our current rate should reach that figure around 19 December," says Cathy.

Geographically the three areas with the lowest vaccination rates include Golden Bay with 26.7 per cent unvaccinated, outer Motueka with 26.4 per cent unvaccinated, and Motueka West at 21.4 per cent unvaccinated.

The NMDHB have come up with incentives to reach national 90 per cent vaccinated goals including opportunities to swim with dolphins, skydiving, cruises among other local tourism packages.

Anyone who gets their first vaccination between 1 November and 5 December will go automatically in the draw to win one of these prizes.

On December 4 the NMDHB will be hosting another "Super Saturday" style day with pop up clinics and events to encourage people to have their second doses as close to 21 days after the first as possible.

Cathy wants to remind the community that the national call centre (0800 28 29 26) has a range of staff on hand to answer questions to support those that are still undecided.

"We can also support this at most clinics if someone wishes to have a face-to-face conversation," says Cathy.