OneHealth has yet to commit to the administering of Covid vaccines. However, patients can rest assured they will be receiving their vaccine invite as outlined in the Ministry of Health vaccine roll-out plan. The Ministry of Health has confirmed there is sufficient supply of the Pfizer vaccine for district health boards to deliver more than half a million vaccinations as planned over the next five weeks.
On the 11th June 2021, the Ministry of Health released the following:
“As announced on Tuesday, Pfizer has confirmed we will receive 1 million doses of the vaccine in July,” Director-General Ashley Bloomfield says.
“We also continue to receive weekly vaccine supplies through June as well. Stocks will be tight for the next five weeks and we have planned carefully to manage our way through.
“Current bookings will not be affected. But DHBs are likely to have to manage the rate of new bookings to ensure they are delivering in line with their current plans, where to date many have been running ahead of plan for some time.
“We know some people in group 3 (those over the age of 65, people with disabilities, pregnant people and certain health conditions) are anxious to know when they will receive their vaccination. We have asked DHBs to ensure people in this group receive an invitation to be vaccinated by the end of July at the latest.
“I’d like to thank these agencies for helping us prioritise members of the public who have vaccinations booked. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we manage the largest vaccination rollout in our history.
“Even through this more tightly controlled phase, DHBs will continue to administer more than 100,000 doses per week. This means we will administer more than half a million doses over the next five weeks. In comparison, it took us three months to deliver the first half a million doses.
“This does not change the end goal. There will be enough vaccine for everyone over the age of 16 to receive two doses by the end of this year.”
New Zealand has secured around 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. These will be delivered, according to schedule, throughout the year.
Pfizer has confirmed the scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July. We will receive the majority of the doses – approximately 700,000 – in the second half of July.
By the end of July, New Zealand will have received 2.2M doses of the vaccine, including 100,000 COVAX doses.
For more information, please phone the Covid vaccine hotline on 0800 282 926, or visit their website: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/