Status Of COVID-19 Vaccination In New Zealand: Uptake Rates By District And Demographics

Date Oct 8, 2021
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By Sieg C
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The COVID vaccine efforts in NZ has been ramping up. As of 7 October 2021, the country has a cumulative total of 3,400,750 vaccinated Kiwis or 81% of the population. 53% or 2,220,329 are fully vaccinated.

Additionally, another 70,955 have already secured their vaccination booking.

With NZ’s population at 4,209,057, the Ministry of Health is on the right track when it comes to COVID-19 vaccination. Note that the country can’t be fully 100% vaccinated, at least with the current vaccine tech, as some age groups are still not eligible for a dose.

Here’s a further breakdown of vaccination data in New Zealand.

Vaccination by ethnicity

For New Zealanders with mixed ethnicity, you’ll be categorised in the order of priority: Māori, Pacific Peoples, Asian, and European/Other. For example, if you have mixed ethnicity as Māori and Asian, you’ll be classified as Māori if you identify as Māori.

The ethnicity with the highest uptake per a thousand people is Asian, European, Pacific peoples, and Māori. Willingness to take the vaccine is one aspect of this data. However, location plays a bigger role in this vaccination data by ethnicity.

Ethnicity

First dose administered

Second dose administered

Māori

336,832

198,104

Pacific Peoples

214,878

136,202

Asian

578,620

387,860

European / Other

2,238,569

1,478,535

Unknown

31,851

19,628

TOTAL

3,400,750

2,220,329

Vaccination by territorial authorities

Rural areas have been lagging when it comes to vaccine rollout. Some of these areas can be ancestral lands and estates, where most Māori live. While it’s only wise to prioritise cities where chances of transmission are higher, rural areas shouldn’t be far behind. 

The urban and rural divide is much more evident as Murupara in the Bay of Plenty only recorded 32.6% of the population getting the first dose while 16.1% were fully vaccinated.

While this is sizable for a population of 1,389, this doesn’t compare to other more populated parts of the country where more than 95% have been vaccinated.

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Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the suburb-by-suburb data would encourage everyone to get these numbers up in their own area. He hopes that Kiwis would use this data to help hard-to-reach communities get vaccinated.

District

Population

First dose administered

Second dose administered

Ashburton District

27,424

20,911

9,869

Auckland

1,383,804

1,163,699

729,709

Buller District

8,272

5,817

4,189

Carterton District

8,259

6,394

4,426

Central Hawke's Bay District

11,838

8,945

5,501

Central Otago District

19,636

16,355

11,392

Chatham Islands Territory

180

182

140

Christchurch City

322,364

258,569

143,045

Clutha District

14,979

10,837

6,863

Dunedin City

110,495

95,886

64,369

Far North District

56,422

35,474

22,745

Gisborne District

40,638

27,383

18,203

Gore District

10,754

7,826

5,388

Grey District

11,412

8,167

5,300

Hamilton City

 137,530

108,623

70,263

Hastings District

69,386

52,511

33,927

Hauraki District

17,324

11,985

6,988

Horowhenua District

28,824

20,892

13,312

Hurunui District

10,818

8,100

4,482

Invercargill City

45,988

34,756

23,435

Kaikoura District

3,473

2,568

2,007

Kaipara District

20,198

13,211

8,092

Kapiti Coast District

47,238

38,456

25,156

Kawerau District

6,115

3,449

2,167

Lower Hutt City

90,423

72,873

41,566

Mackenzie District

4,141

3,091

1,580

Manawatu District

25,555

19,750

11,889

Marlborough District

41,136

34,133

23,785

Masterton District

22,673

16,842

11,858

Matamata-Piako District

29,220

21,504

12,635

Napier City

54,392

41,495

26,767

Nelson City

44,843

35,752

25,774

New Plymouth District

68,211

49,219

26,341

Opotiki District

7,289

4,534

2,944

Otorohanga District

7,960

5,157

2,695

Palmerston North City

70,542

56,016

34,324

Porirua City

47,711

37,545

21,589

Queenstown-Lakes District

35,862

32,378

18,552

Rangitikei District

12,700

9,216

5,615

Rotorua District

58,120

40,529

26,313

Ruapehu District

9,938

6,192

3,839

Selwyn District

53,318

46,069

23,846

South Taranaki District

20,389

13,625

8,064

South Waikato District

19,634

12,337

7,156

South Wairarapa District

9,607

7,750

4,880

Southland District

25,076

17,832

10,462

Stratford District

7,523

5,094

3,680

Tararua District

15,008

10,484

6,879

Tasman District

45,613

35,047

25,338

Taupo District

32,192

22,976

14,136

Tauranga City

121,638

93,385

53,073

Thames-Coromandel District

26,266

19,989

13,922

Timaru District

41,101

32,485

21,788

Unknown

127,349

92,317

59,874

Upper Hutt City

36,898

30,007

17,222

Waikato District

63,219

47,356

29,177

Waimakariri District

52,773

39,953

23,002

Waimate District

6,937

5,167

3,221

Waipa District

46,643

36,226

21,970

Wairoa District

6,304

4,182

3,238

Waitaki District

19,323

14,754

9,961

Waitomo District

7,762

4,983

3,350

Wellington City

178,565

159,426

81,905

Western Bay of Plenty District

45,702

34,186

19,695

Westland District

7,100

5,057

3,225

Whakatane District

30,432

19,322

12,491

Whanganui District

39,902

28,278

20,194

Whangarei District

78,696

56,268

36,702

TOTAL

4,209,057

3,341,777

2,057,485

Vaccination by group

When it comes to vaccination by priority groups, it’s no surprise that all groups have the highest number of vaccinated New Zealanders. They were priorities because they’re most susceptible to COVID-19. Nonetheless, all priority groups have high vaccination rates.

As a refresher, priority groups can be categorised into:

  • Group 1: Border and isolation facility workers and the people they live with
  • Group 2: Frontline and essential workers, including those in petrol stations
  • Group 3: People at high risk of getting COVID-19 like senior citizens
  • Group 4:  People aged 40+

Priority Group

First dose administered

Second dose administered

Group 1

66,476

63,516

Group 2

577,897

516,828

Group 3

773,967

675,966

Group 4

1,943,085

849,376

Vaccination by age

Since the Ministry of Health approved the vaccination of 12-15-year-olds last month, they’ve been booking and getting their vaccines immediately. Nonetheless, Kiwis 65 years old and over have the highest percentage of fully vaccinated individuals, equalling 846 out of 1,000 people.

Age

First dose administered

Fully vaccinated

12 - 19 years

341,819

105,357

20 - 34 years

730,304

332,637

35 - 49 years

758,591

407,454

50 - 64 years

797,639

593,469

65 and over

733,072

666,769

TOTAL

3,361,425

2,105,686


Secure your vaccination booking now

If you still haven’t booked your vaccination, do it now! This reduces the possibility of getting severe COVID-19 cases and prevents community transmission altogether. Book your vaccination here. It’s free for everyone!

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