Data change to scale up vaccination effort

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More than 233,000 New Zealanders will be added to the list of eligible people for their COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to a technical change which will come into effect next week.

More than 233,000 New Zealanders will be added to the list of eligible people for their COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to a technical change which will come into effect next week.

Nick Chamberlain, the director of the National Public Health Service, Te Whatu Ora, says from Monday the health system will use 2021 data rather than using it to calculate vaccination rates.

The data, which counts people who used health services over a 12-month period, can be used to plan mobile vaccination clinics, pop-up vaccinations and other events in areas where utilization may be low .

The total number of people over the age of 12 who have had at least two vaccinations has increased from 3.63 million at the start of December 2021 to 3.98 million by August 1.

Dr Chamberlain says other initiatives include a $3.52 million investment to increase data capacity for Maori providers as well as the recent rollout of Te Whātoro, a set of provider-run mobile vaccination vans. iwi health center in Northland.

There were 6,362 new cases of Covid-19 reported today and 14 deaths.


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