All three Auckland DHBs reach 90%; 1 death; 74 community cases; 61 people in hospital, 4 in ICU

Counties Manukau DHB have now reached 90% fully vaccinated, bringing all three Auckland Metro DHBs to 90% or more fully vaccinated with Auckland DHB sitting on 95% and Waitemata DHB on 92%.

That’s six DHBs in total who are now at 90% fully vaccinated. The following DHBs are all close, on 89% fully vaccinated with numbers required to get to 90% in brackets:

  • Midcentral (1,755 doses to go)
  • Wairarapa (395 to go)
  • Nelson Marlborough (1,905 to go)
  • South Canterbury (750 to go)

We are 7,417 doses away from being nationally 90% fully vaccinated, which we expect to achieve in the next day or two.

Testing reminder

It’s important testing advice is followed correctly to help ensure test results continue to be returned in a timely way. The Ministry understands that some people are being tested unnecessarily or at the wrong places.

Unvaccinated people require a COVID-19 test for some travel including to leave Auckland. These people need to get a supervised rapid antigen test from a pharmacy, within 72 hours of travel.

This testing is only for people over the age of 12 years and 3 months, who are not fully vaccinated and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

The location and hours of pharmacies offering rapid antigen tests is available from Healthpoint. We ask people getting a rapid antigen test to be patient and kind to pharmacy staff while the system is fine-tuned.

Remember, if you have COVID-19 symptoms then you should call Healthline for advice about getting a PCR test.

Temporary exemptions for My Vaccine Pass

Earlier this month 70,000 people with overseas vaccinations or incorrect data were emailed a temporary exemption letter from the requirement to produce a My Vaccine Pass.

The majority of these people have now received their My Vaccine Pass and we are issuing a further temporary exemption letter today to some people whose applications are still being processed.

About 5,000 people are getting a week-long exemption while their requests for My Vaccine Passes are cleared, while 20,000 people vaccinated overseas will get an extension to 17 January 2022 while their vaccinations are verified.

COVID-19 vaccine update

  • Vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people): 3,954,873 first doses (94%); 3,766,864 second doses (89%); 22,321 third primary doses; 174,719 booster doses
  • Vaccines administered yesterday: 2,485 first doses; 7,877 second doses; 869 third primary doses and 9,229 booster doses.
  • Māori (percentage of eligible people): 492,749 first doses (86%); 432,861 second doses (76%)
  • Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people): 267,334 first doses (93%); second doses 249,124 (87%)

Vaccination rates by DHB with active cases (percentage of eligible people)

  • Northland DHB: First doses (88%); second doses (81%)
  • Auckland Metro DHBs: First doses (95%); second doses (92%)
  • Waikato DHB: First doses (93%); second doses (88%)
  • Bay of Plenty DHB: First doses (93%); second doses (86%)
  • Lakes DHB: First doses (91%); second doses (84%)
  • Taranaki DHB: First doses (92%); second doses (86%)
  • Whanganui DHB: First doses (90%); second doses (84%)
  • Hawke’s Bay DHB: First doses (94%); second doses (87%)
  • Nelson-Marlborough DHB: First doses (94%); second doses (89%)
  • Canterbury DHB: First doses (97%); second doses (93%)


  • Cases in hospital: 61; North Shore: 11; Auckland: 24; Middlemore: 22; Waikato: 2; Tauranga: 1, Christchurch: 1.
  • Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only): Unvaccinated or not eligible (44 cases / 59%); partially immunised
  • Average age of current hospitalisations: 50
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: 4 (2 in Auckland; 2 in Middlemore)


  • Seven day rolling average of community cases: 85.4
  • Number of new community cases: 74
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: 2
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (56), Waikato (9), Bay of Plenty (7), Lakes (1), Canterbury (1*).
  • Number of community cases (total): 9,963 (in current community outbreak)
  • Number of active cases (total): 2,303 (not recovered cases added in past 21 days)
  • Confirmed cases (total): 12,773
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 7,342


  • Number of active contacts being managed (total):: 6,963
  • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 83%
  • Percentage who have returned at least one result: 76%


  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 30,649
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 25,893
  • Auckland tests total (last 24 hours): 11,569


  • Wastewater detections: No unexpected results to report


  • Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 1,976,456
  • Manual diary entries in 24 hours to midday: 31,581

My Vaccine Pass

  • My vaccine pass downloads total: 4,261,042
  • My vaccine pass downloads (last 24 hours): 39,859

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

13 December

United Kingdom


Day 1 routine test


6 December**

United Kingdom

United Arab Emirates

Day 3 routine test


** This case has been deemed historical and is not considered infectious.

Today’s cases

Today, we are reporting new community cases in Auckland, Waikato, Lakes and Bay of Plenty, and Taranaki.

* The Canterbury case being officially added to today’s figures was announced yesterday but came in after the reporting cut off period.

Regional updates

We are continuing to ask anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Please stay at home until you return a negative test result.

Testing and vaccination centre locations nationwide can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Death of a patient with COVID-19

The Ministry of Health can confirm that a patient with COVID-19 has passed away at Tauranga Hospital.

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