WORLD New Zealand announces vaccine rollout plan for general population

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New Zealand announces vaccine rollout plan for general population

Xinhua

19:19, June 17, 2021

WELLINGTON, June 17 (Xinhua) -- New Zealanders aged over 60 will be offered vaccination from July 28 and those aged over 55 from Aug. 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

This handout photo taken and released on February 15, 2021 by the New Zealand government shows the first batch of around 60,000 COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines being unloaded after arrival as airfreight at Auckland International Airport. (Photo: AFP)

The rollout of the vaccine to the general population will be done in age groups as is the approach commonly used overseas, with those over 45 years old to receive vaccine invitations from mid to late August, those over 35 years old from mid to late September, and everyone else being eligible from October, Ardern told a press conference.

"Our vaccination program is ahead of plan, with nearly 1 million doses administered and operating at 107 percent of target," Ardern said.

"From the end of July, we will enter a new phase of our vaccination program when we start receiving the bulk of our vaccines and are able to broaden the rollout considerably to the wider population," she said.

"When it's your age bands' turn to be vaccinated you will receive an invitation from the Ministry of Health to make a booking. You will get this invite either by email, text, mail or by phone," she said, adding the risk of COVID-19 increases as one gets older.

The government will be putting in place measures such as mass vaccine events, workplace vaccinations and vaccinations for entire rural and isolated communities all at once, Ardern said, adding every eligible New Zealander will have the opportunity to be vaccinated by the end of the year.

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