Plans continue for group three – those over 65 and those with disabilities or underlying health conditions – to receive their vaccine from May.

However, already in April, Nelson Marlborough Health has offered occasional vaccines to this group.

Vaccines are offered by appointment and when short notice is given that someone is unable to attend their appointment, bookings are offered to the 65 plus group. This is to ensure the vaccine doesn’t expire and is not wasted.

The remainder of the population is to be vaccinated from July.

Around 5,000 vaccines had been given in the Nelson Marlborough area as of 6 April.

Of these, 4360 were first doses and 655 second doses.

Nationwide, 90,000 doses have been given, with most being given to 20- to 69-year-olds. In the 70 plus age group there have been just over 3000 given, and close to 200 given to 10 to 19-year-olds.

In the Nelson Tasman region, vaccinations of border workers began on 1 March.

By 10 March high risk frontline health workers were also being offered the vaccine.

This group included staff in the emergency department, intensive care unit and outpatient departments.

Reports of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) show that nationwide there were 147 reports, with 144 of those being considered non-serious and 3 classified as serious.

The three serious events were classed as allergic reactions and managed appropriately, according to the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority.

The most common reactions were dizziness, nausea, headache and fainting.

Zealand peaked at the end of March and were high again on 6 April.

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