By CASS MARRETT
Queenstown’s mayor Jim Boult wants the district to be the first in the South, and New Zealand, to have 95% of the population fully vaccinated against Covid.
And with less than 10% of the district’s enrolled population yet to have a jab, the goal’s in reach.
Nationally, Queenstown Lakes has the lowest amount of eligible, unvaccinated people, and is 15th equal with Waitaki in the race to get to 90% of people double-jabbed.
Southern District Health Board data shows 51.7% of the eligible population in the Queenstown Lakes are fully vaccinated, 90.28% have had one dose, and just 9.72% remain unvaccinated.
As of Tuesday, a total of 53,937 doses have been delivered in the Queenstown Lakes district.
WellSouth says, as of yesterday morning, the number of people in Queenstown specifically who’ve received at least one vaccine — some having received both doses — breaks down to 93.34% of people aged 65+, 85.66% of people aged 45-64, 72.62% of people aged 25-44 and 70.1% of people aged 12-24.
WellSouth CEO Andrew Swanson-Dobbs says Queenstown Lakes residents of all ages should be ‘‘lauded’’ for their vaccination uptake.
‘‘There is still some work to be done, but this area could be the first in Southern to reach the goal of having 90% of its population fully vaccinated.’’
Boult’s keen to see Aucklanders back in Queenstown and says vaccinations will be crucial to avoiding another lockdown — something Queenstown can’t afford.
‘‘Our economy is largely based on the visitor industry.
‘‘And we all know that when visitors start to return here, that we want to be safely protected from any Covid cases that may inadvertently enter the district,’’ he says.
Appointments aren’t required at vaccinating pharmacies and some general practices.
If bookings are required, they can be made through bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26.