Whippy vans will be used for Auckland’s vaccination campaign, cases have dropped dramatically, a major company is paying staff to get vaccinated, and a record number are briefly gathered for prison.
By the numbers
- 15 new cases were announced, compared to 33 yesterday
- 970 cases in the current outbreak
- 22 cases in the hospital, 4 of which are in ICU or HDU
- 2 new cases at the border
- 54,877 vaccines administered yesterday
- 102,075 vehicles stopped at 10 checkpoints so far this month
- 1,267 vehicles returned for non-essential trips
220,000 doses available to Auckland residents
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that starting Thursday six vaccination buses will be on the roads in areas where vaccination rates have been low.
Six more Mr-Whippy-style trucks are planned to be added in the coming weeks, she says.
He also says that now is the ideal time for people in Tāmaki Makaurau to get vaccinated, with 220,000 doses that can be dispensed in the next few days.
Ardern says there are about 90,000 slots on the city’s reservation calendar this week to receive a vaccine.
Testing in specific suburbs
Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there is a focus for testing in various Auckland suburbs: Massey, Māngere, Favona, Papatoetoe, Manurewa and Ōtara.
There was also a positive wastewater result from a sewage sample taken last week at Pukekohe, he announced at the daily briefing.
There are no other “unexpected detections” in sewage samples in Auckland or across the country that have returned positive results.
Arrests after assault on security guard
Two people were arrested and charged after a security guard at Takanini Pak ‘n Save was assaulted today.
In a statement, police said a woman refused to wear a mask and became aggressive, then left the store.
He returned with two men, then beat the guard and the men chased the guard with weapons, police said.
A 26-year-old woman was arrested and charged with not covering her face, and a member of the patched Black Power, a 33-year-old man, was charged with assault with a weapon.
“The police do not tolerate this behavior, particularly towards essential workers who carry out their work and who should not have to tolerate such acts,” said a spokesman.
Countdown supermarkets also reported an increase in assaults on staff across the country, saying it was against the rules to wear masks.
Incentive for workers
One of the nation’s largest suppliers of construction steel products is paying a bonus to workers if they get fully vaccinated.
Workers will receive $ 150 in cash, KiwiSaver contributions or company stock if they receive both doses of the vaccine in mid-November.
CEO Mark Malpass said Control the company believed that a fully vaccinated workforce would be safer for employees, customers and suppliers.
“We have a real interest in increasing vaccination rates as quickly as possible to play our role in accelerating adoption,” Malpass said.
“We would rather create an incentive to encourage that acceptance … we felt that $ 150 is a reasonably significant amount and was enough to encourage people.”
I hold you record despite the challenges of the outbreak
More than a million people gathered today to share a moment at Te Reo Māori.
The moment is one of the peak events of Maori Language Week, where people, schools and organizations register to participate in the celebration of te reo.
Te Taura Whiri, the Maori Language Commission, says that so far 1.1 million people have registered to participate in today’s celebrations.
CEO Ngahiwi Apanui says breaking last year’s record is remarkable considering Auckland is locked down and Level 2 restrictions make events difficult.
Apanui says the final count will be known at the end of the week.