More than 18,000 vaccine doses administered yesterday; 178 cases; 77 people in hospital – 8 people in ICU

There were 18,623 first and second vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up of 6,600 first doses and 12,023 second doses. To date, 92% of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 84% are fully vaccinated.

As at 10.30am today, more than 1,890,000 requests for a My Vaccine Pass have been processed.

You can request a My Vaccine Pass from the website.

The My Vaccine Pass 0800 number continues to receive an unprecedented volume of calls. On average it has been receiving 30,000 calls a day.

We ask people to continue to be patient. There is plenty of time to get a pass, and if people can’t get through immediately we ask they try again later. As of late yesterday, wait times were averaging less than 10 minutes for My Vaccine Pass.

As a result of system changes overnight Wednesday, waiting times have reduced and more improvements are being worked on today, including shifting more staff into technical support for the My Health Account and My COVID Records and hours on the technical lines being extended to 8pm.

Face to face options will also be available soon.

COVID-19 vaccine update

  • Total first and second vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people): 7,405,301: 3,860,356 first doses (92%); 3,544,945 second doses (84%)
  • Total first and second vaccines administered yesterday: 18,623: 6,600 first doses; 12,023 second doses
  • Māori (percentage of eligible people): 832,534: 457,894 first doses (80%); 374,640 second doses (66%)
  • Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people): 485,726: 257,446 first doses (90%); 228,280 second doses (80%)
  • Total first and second vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday: 3,956: 1,169 first doses; 2,787 second doses

Vaccination rates by DHB (with active cases)

  • Northland DHB (percentage of eligible people): First doses (84%); second doses (75%)
  • Auckland Metro DHBs (percentage of eligible people): First doses (93%); second doses (88%)
  • Waikato DHB (percentage of eligible people): First doses (90%); second doses (82%)
  • Canterbury DHB (percentage of eligible people): First doses (95%); second doses (86%)
  • Lakes DHB (percentage of eligible people): First doses (87%); second doses (77%)
  • MidCentral DHB (percentage of eligible people): First doses (91%); second doses (82%)
  • Bay of Plenty DHB (percentage of eligible people): First doses (89%); second doses (79%)
  • Wairarapa DHB (percentage of eligible people): First doses (92%); second doses (82%)
  • Hawke’s Bay DHB (percentage of eligible people): First doses (90%); second doses (80%)
  • Capital and Coast DHB (percentage of eligible people): First doses (95%); second doses (89%)


  • Cases in hospital: 77. North Shore (16); Middlemore (25); Auckland (33); Waikato (2); Rotorua (1)

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only as of 25 November)

  • Unvaccinated or not eligible (42 cases / 60%) P
  • Partially vaccinated
  • Partially vaccinated >14 days (8 cases / 11 %)
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Fully vaccinated >14 days (10 cases / 14%)
  • Unknown (4 cases / 6%)

  • Average age of current hospitalisations: 46
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: Eight


  • Seven day rolling average of community cases: 190
  • Number of new community cases: 178
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: Four
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (149), Waikato (16), Northland (2), Bay of Plenty (9), Lakes (1), MidCentral (1)
  • Location of community cases (total): Auckland 7,088 (2,287 of whom have recovered); Waikato 393 (109 of whom have recovered); Wellington 18 (17 of whom have recovered); Northland 74 (39 of whom have recovered); Nelson/Marlborough 1 (recovered); Canterbury 8 (4 of whom have recovered); Taranaki 6 (all of whom have recovered); Lakes 25; MidCentral 5; Bay of Plenty 39; Wairarapa 3
  • Number of community cases (total): 7,660 (in current community outbreak)
  • Confirmed cases (total): 10,421
  • Historical cases: 199 out of 8,615 cases since 1 January
  • Cases infectious in the community: 69 cases reported yesterday have exposure events
  • Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious: 124 cases reported yesterday have no exposure events
  • Cases epidemiologically linked: 96 of today’s new cases
  • Cases to be epidemiologically linked: 82 of today’s new cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 5793660 (9210 unlinked in the last 14 days)


  • Number of active contacts being managed (total):: 6,311
  • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 66%
  • Percentage who have returned at least one result: 71%

Locations of interest

  • Locations of interest (total): 169 (as at 10am 25 November)


  • Number of tests (total): 4,781,357
  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 34,469
  • Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours): 15,879
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 29,877
  • Testing centres in Auckland: 18


  • Wastewater detections: No unexpected results


  • Registered users (total): 3,403,599
  • Poster scans (total): 532,310,954
  • Manual diary entries (total): 20,699,851
  • Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,718,583

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

19 November


United Kingdom and Singapore

Day 3 / routine


*20 November


Direct flight

Day 3 / routine


*20 November


Direct flight

Day 3 / routine


*20 November


Direct flight

Day 3 / routine


*These cases were in a travel bubble together

Death of a patient with COVID-19

Sadly, today we are reporting the COVID-19-related death of a patient at Auckland City Hospital yesterday afternoon.

The patient, who was in their late 50s, was admitted to Auckland City Hospital on 5 November 2021.

Our thoughts are with the patient’s whānau and friends at this deeply sad time.

Today’s cases

Today we are announcing new community cases in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and MidCentral.

There are no additional cases to report today in Wairarapa, Wellington, Canterbury or Hawke’s Bay.

Two previously reported community cases have been reclassified to ‘not a case’ and so the net increase is 176 community cases.

Information on today’s cases is included in the regional updates below. Anyone living in these areas, or elsewhere in New Zealand, with symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged to get tested – even if they are vaccinated – and remain isolated until they return a negative result. A full list of testing centres can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Regional updates

We’re asking anyone in the following regions with symptoms – no matter how mild – to please get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Please remain isolated until you return a negative test result. And if you’re not vaccinated, your DHB or local health provider will have plenty of opportunities to make this happen.


There are two cases being reported in Northland today, one linked case in Whangārei and one unlinked case in Ruakaka.

In response to the Ruakaka case, a pop up testing site is opening this afternoon at the Ruakaka Racecourse.

The pop-up site is open at the following times

  • 2.30pm until 6pm today
  • 9am until 3pm tomorrow
  • 9am until 3pm Saturday
  • 10am until 2pm Sunday
  • 9am until 3pm Monday

We encourage anyone living in or near Ruakaka with any symptoms that could be COVID-19 to get a test.

Further testing and vaccination sites open in Northland can be found on the Northland DHB website.


Today, there are 149 new cases to report in Auckland. 

There continues to be daily reviews of testing numbers and testing locations to ensure good coverage of risk areas.        

Health staff are now supporting 4,211 people to isolate at home around Auckland – this includes 1,172 cases. 


There are 16 news cases being reported in Waikato today. Eight are in Te Kūiti, five in Huntly and three in Kawhia. All cases are linked to known cases.

One case reported yesterday has now been confirmed as being in Piopio, south-west of Te Kūiti.

There are seven pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Ōtorohanga, Thames, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Te Kūiti.

In the Waikato region, health staff are now supporting 144 cases to isolate at home.

Bay of Plenty

Today we are reporting 9 new cases today in the Bay of Plenty, all in the Tauranga area.

Six of the cases are known close contacts and were already in isolation. Interviews with the remaining cases are underway to determine the source of their infection.

A case announced yesterday in Eastern Bay of Plenty is self-isolating and being supported by Tuhoe Hauora.

Following the detection of the Eastern Bay of Plenty case, additional testing is available at the Nukuhou North Settlers until 4pm today.

Testing will also be available at Med Central in Whakatāne today from 9am-4pm.

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