Pregnant people will now be offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has said.

Pregnant people will now be offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has said.
Speaking at a vaccine update on Wednesday, Bloomfield said that data from around the world has shown that there are no additional risks around vaccinating pregnant people, especially with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
The Government has been thrashing out how the nationwide roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine to New Zealands 4.2 million adults will work.
The new supply of one million doses meant a ramp-up from 20,000 doses a day now to 50,000 doses a day in August and September would be possible, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said earlier.
One million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in July.
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Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said that as of Tuesday night, almost half a million first doses 498,670 of the vaccine had been given. While 276,000 people have received their second dose.
Hipkins said they were 10 per cent ahead of their plan.
He also had a message for people in groups 1 and 2: If you have not heard from the ministry we do want to hear from you now, he said. He urged people in these groups that if they haven’t made arrangements to be vaccinated, please do so.
You will be helping yourself, your friends and your family, by coming forward to be vaccinated, Hipkins said.
For those in group 3 Hipkins urged people not to panic if your friends have been vaccinated, and you havent. There is a bit of balancing going on there, he said.
There will be enough vaccines for everybody.
This is a marathon and not a sprint, he added.
The roll-out continues to scale up and the ministry is bringing on more vaccination centres.
Seventeen more ultra-low temperature freezers are now in place, and are going through final tests. A new Christchurch distribution hub will be established and operational in July, Hipkins said.
Each freezer costs about $20,000 each, and they arrived in the country in late May. Of the 17 freezers, 12 will be in Auckland and five will be in Christchurch. These freezers will be able to store up to 4 million doses at any given time, Hipkins said.
On Wednesday, there were no new cases of Covid-19 in the community. There were two cases in MIQ, and two historical cases.
Speaking about Melbourne green flights, Bloomfield said 450 people will be arriving into Auckland on Wednesday, and another 300 passengers on Thursday. Passengers must have a negative pre-departure test, and must complete declaration forms.
Bloomfield also said that three people came to New Zealand via Sydney when they weren’t allowed to due to the Melbourne flight pause. They were identified and taken to a quarantine facility.
Bloomfield said these were disappointing actions from the people concerned, but they were identified on arrival. Its believed they will have to pay for their MIQ stay.
All three people have returned negative day zero test results, and their day 3 test results were expected to return on Wednesday.
Bloomfield said New Zealand officials did an excellent job to identify these people.
Hipkins said it was his understanding that these people drove from Melbourne to Sydney, and that they were normally residents of Australia.
It’s now been a year since Aotearoa returned to Covid-19 alert level 1 after being in lockdown for alert level 4 and 3 last year. Its also been a year since the Covid Tracer App first began.