The goverment is being pressed for more information about how it will roll out the Covid-19 vaccine to priority groups.
Otago University academic and GP Ben Gray this morning called for South Auckland vaccinations to begin this month. At today's 1pm briefing Dr Bloomfield said he had asked his team to start thinking about it.
Cabinet ministers have received advice regarding a nationwide vaccination schedule but have yet to finalise or publish a complete plan.
Whatever the alert level, bus drivers are dealing with people and risk being exposed to Covid-19. Bus drivers have told Checkpoint's Louise Ternouth they too want to be high on the list when the public rollout happens.
Read back through live updates from Thursday, 4 March:
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