Jacinda Ardern to be vaccinated against Covid as the New Zealand leader secures a million doses of Pfizer
- PM Jacinda Ardern will be vaccinated against COVID-19 this month
- New Zealand government confirmed supply of a million doses from Pfizer
- Ms Ardern has decided to get the jab as a role model to the population
Ms Ardern has held off on receiving the vaccine until now, saying she wanted to wait until the rollout to the general population.
As the massive new drop of doses keeps NZ’s rollout on schedule, Ms Ardern has decided to get the jab as a role model to the population.
Like Australia, NZ began its vaccination rollout in February, prioritising border and health workers, as well as vulnerable populations such as the elderly.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) will be vaccinated against COVID-19 this month
Last month, Ms Ardern said she wanted to ‘prioritise those who are most vulnerable or who are most exposed, but also demonstrate I consider it a priority and to be safe’.
Her stance contrasts with that of Scott Morrison, who was among the first to be vaccinated in Australia in February, doing so with an Australian flag face mask, and a green and gold polo shirt, showing support for the national netball team.
Both countries have enjoyed largely successful fights against COVID by global standards, but problems with their vaccine rollouts.
NZ’s national vaccination program is running at glacial pace, sitting at 119th in the world for first doses distributed per capita.
Ms Ardernwill be getting the Pfizer vaccine as a ‘role-model’ to her nation
Ms Ardern’s government aims to complete high-risk and marginal populations first, before transitioning to a big bang in July.
COVID-19 Minister Chris Hipkins has confessed to nerves and anxiety around the buildup, and showed his relief at the confirmation on Tuesday.
‘This is great news and reassuring to see our vaccine supply ramping up,’ he said.
‘It shows our plan for what is the biggest and most complex logistical undertaking ever by the health system is on track.
‘The drops will enable us to continue vaccinating Groups 1,2, and 3, while giving us the certainty needed to start the general population rollout as planned.’
Ms Ardern’s government has pledged to vaccinate every consenting adult resident in New Zealand this year.
As the massive new drop of doses keeps NZ’s rollout on schedule, Ms Ardern (pictured) has decided to get the jab as a role model to the population