For the third straight day, health officials have reported no new community cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
Around 1.7 million Aucklanders are currently in a lockdown designed to contain a new outbreak of the virus.
While three successive days without community transmission was undeniably good news, COVID-19 Minister Chris Hipkins said on Wednesday it was still too soon to “breathe any kind of sigh of relief”.
“We’re still in the critical period where we’re wanting to see all of the test results of all of the relevant close and capable contexts come back,” he said.
Mr Hipkins announced progress towards vaccinating NZ’s 12,000-strong border workforce, saying 9431 workers had received their first Pfizer vaccine dose.
New Zealand has received three shipments of the vaccine, totaling 200,000 doses.
However the government still hasn’t made clear full details of the vaccine rollout.
Unlike Australia and many other countries, Jacinda Ardern’s government is yet to make clear to all Kiwis where they sit in the queue for vaccinations.
Border workers and their families are in the first tranche and are currently receiving their jabs.
Frontline workers – such as GPs, paramedics and pharmacists – in the broader health workforce will go next.
On Sunday, Ms Ardern announced South Auckland – the centre of two outbreaks and the region closest to the country’s functioning international airport – would be the first area of the general population to go.
Beyond that, there’s been no formal ranking.
“We’ve got a sense of the first groups of prioritisation,” Mr Hipkins said.
“New Zealand’s population is different to other countries. How we sequence things might be a littler different.
“We want to really focus in on risk. Who’s most at risk of getting COVID-19 and who’s at risk of having an adverse consequence if they were to get COVID-19.”