There are 90,200 vaccines given to date. A total of 19,273 people received both doses of Pfizer vaccine.
Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield held an unscheduled press conference at 1pm today which indicated that new cases of Covid-19 had been detected outside of arrivals to New Zealand.
However the Herald understands that these cases have been identified in border workers and there is no evidence of community spread.
Border workers undergo routine testing for Covid-19 and are in the first priority group to receive vaccinations.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had canceled plans to go to Dunedin today, but it was forced by the fog, not by the Covid-19 problem. He is likely to hold a press conference today in Auckland.
The ministry announced an unscheduled press conference this morning.
Yesterday no community cases were reported except for seven cases in MIQ.
They include one person from the US, who arrived on March 22 on a direct flight and tested positive around the 14th day of their stay after contact with a positive case.
The other six cases were all from India, all flown via the United Arab Emirates.
Bloomfield said officials had a “special view” on the people arriving from India given the many positive cases recently.
He said the CT scores of most of the people who returned positive when they arrived in New Zealand indicated they had contracted the virus while in transit.
Therefore, he said there was no concern with the accuracy of the Covid-19 pre-departure tests in India.
The CT score – the cycle limit – is a number that shows how much Covid-19 a person has in their body.
The CT value is the number of copies required for the virus to appear.
A low infection rate will take more cycles to appear but if the patient is highly contagious, it will show up quickly, so your CT score will be low.
Bloomfield and Associate Minister Peeni Henare also provided an update on yesterday’s vaccination launch.
At this stage, 90,200 vaccines have been given with a value of 100,000, which are expected to pass within the next few days.
A total of 19,273 people received both doses of Pfizer vaccine.
So far, New Zealand is at 96 percent where it is in launch compared to expectations.
Bloomfield added that the ministry will have more up-to-date information on its website about vaccine efforts.
The dashboard will include information “such as the number of people who received their first vaccination, the number who received their second dose and a graph showing the vaccinations given each week compared to the planned total”, the ministry said in a statement.
“Other information on the dashboard will include the number of vaccinations given on a given day, the number of first and second doses given by individual district health councils and vaccinations given by ethnicity, age and sex.”