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Cook Islands almost 100 per cent vaccinated

Cook Islands has completed its rollout of the first dose of the Covid-19 Pzifer vaccine and is about to complete the second dose.

The last island of Palmerston received the first shot last week.

The vaccines were delivered to the remote island by the Royal New Zealand Navy HMNZS Wellington and crew on Thursday.

The vaccines were transferred to the Cook Islands Police boat Te Kukupa’s inflatable boat because the surrounding coral reef was hard to navigate without local knowledge.

Both doses of the vaccines were safely navigated through the reef.

Palmerston’s executive officer Arthur Neale said he was pleased the 18 eligible people for the vaccine turned up to get vaccinated.

He said the vaccination process was done in an hour.

“The teams were quite efficient, we didn’t even know we had a jab,” Neale said.

The Navy left the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Palmerston.

As of last Wednesday, 11,397 people had received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which is over the Cook Islands’ eligible population of 10,189 people.

The majority of the Southern Group have all completed the second dose of vaccinations.

As of last Wednesday, 9,846 people were fully vaccinated, which is 96 per cent of the eligible population.

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