Bay of Plenty Pasifika Community Surpass 90% Second Dose Vaccination

Bay of Plenty’s Pasifika community has surpassed the 90% fully vaccinated figure, joining the Nelson Marlborough region which reached this milestone in October, according to Ministry of Health figures.

Ninety-four percent of Pacific Island residents in the BOP district are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 95 percent have received at least one dose.

Bay of Plenty DHB CEO Pete Chandler says, “this milestone is owed to the Pacific health providers in the Bay of Plenty and their tireless work to protect Pasifika families.”

AvaNiu Pasifika’s Managing Director and Clinical & Community Services Lead Sameli Tongalea says, “we trusted that our families would do the right thing for themselves and their community.”

Nearly 7,600 doses have been administered to Pacific peoples in the district.

More than 180,000 residents in the district have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and nearly 155,000 residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pacific people overall are 73% fully vaccinated with 87% having their first dose. New Zealand as a whole stands at 80% fully vaccinated and 90% having their first dose.

Image credit: Bay of Plenty District Health Board