Thursday, 28th October, 2021
The much-awaited roadmap out of the current Alert Levels arrived on Friday with the traffic light system to regulate future restrictions. In the interim, the path to more freedom means 90% of 12+ year-olds being fully vaccinated before there will be a shift to the new system.
The paths differ for within Auckland and beyond. Auckland, with its hard border in place for now, can move to ‘Red Alert’ once all three of the region’s DHBs have reached 90% full vaccination rates. Currently, the most lagging DHB had a first and second jab rate of 88% and 73%, respectively. Our rough estimate suggests the second dose target could be hit in the first week of December – bringing more freedom, assuming hospitals aren’t overloaded at that point.