17 Jun 2021

Vaccine eligibility, access for those in Counties Manukau

From First Up, 5:42 am on 17 June 2021

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will reveal later today how the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will work for people in group 4 - that's the general population who so far haven't been eligible for the jab. The Director General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield, gave a glowing update yesterday on the country's progress, revealing close to 900-thousand doses have now been administered and over 320-thousand people have had both shots. In group 2 - that's frontline workers and people living in high-risk areas - 333-thousand people have now had the first dose and 238-thousand have had both. But it's not all been smooth sailing in parts of Counties Manukau, where people over 65 or with underlying health conditions have been eligible to be vaccinated since March. Our reporters Carmina Blewett and Ella Stewart took a road trip out to Auckland's southern boundary to hear how people have found the experience of getting the Covid-19 vaccine.