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Covid-19: Vaccine rates in Southland District the lowest


Lumsden-Balfour residents came out for their second Covid-19 vaccinations this week, with 10 per cent more of the population now fully immunised.

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Lumsden-Balfour residents came out for their second Covid-19 vaccinations this week, with 10 per cent more of the population now fully immunised.

Awarua Plains has led the vaccine charge in Southland this week, with a 3.5 per cent jump in first doses and 89.8 per cent of the area’s 684 residents having now received one dose of the Covid-19 jab.

The Ministry of Health released its latest suburb-level vaccination data on Wednesday, which showed that Harbourside in Dunedin led the Southern District Health Board catchment area with a 12.8 per cent jump in first doses to bring its total to 85.1 per cent of the population.

Crinan, in South Invercargill, had the second-highest jump in Southland for first doses, with 3.4 per cent of the area’s 1342 residents receiving their first jab in the past week.

Lumsden-Balfour, which was one of the stops on the Farmgate Tour last week, nabbed the top spot for the number of second doses delivered with a 10.1 per cent jump, bringing the area’s total to 62.7 per cent of 1024 people who are fully vaccinated.

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Awarua Plains and Mossburn came in second place for second doses with both areas seeing a 6.9 per cent jump.

Looking at data for territorial authorities, Southland District saw a 10 per cent jump in the number of people now fully vaccinated against Covid-19; but it still has the lowest vaccination rates with 84 per cent of eligible residents having received one jab and 71 per cent fully vaccinated.

All other councils in Southland and Otago saw a 7 per cent rise, apart from Dunedin where growth was at 5 per cent.

Queenstown Lakes boasts the highest vaccination rates with 88 per cent of its population fully vaccinated, followed by Dunedin on 86 per cent, and Central Otago on 83 per cent.

Central Region Technical Advisory Services Limited, which is known as TAS, released staff vaccination data for district health board on Wednesday, ahead of the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers coming into effect from November 16.

As of November 8, 95 per cent of all staff in the Southern District Health Board have had one dose of the vaccine and 92 per cent are fully vaccinated.



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