Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is calling for the Government to vaccinate Aucklanders before the rest of the country if supplies start to run low.
He says "you vaccinate according to levels of risk [...] so, we started with the border workers and then we went to those with comorbidities."
But he says if we look at the current risk in New Zealand, it's clear where it lies. "It lies in Auckland because we're the Gateway City and we've got most of the quarantine facilities."
So he's asking the Government to maintain Auckland as a priority, saying "it doesn't mean that you stop vaccinating elsewhere, it's simply that you maintain a very high level of vaccination in Auckland."
Goff says it's the best way of protecting not only Auckland, but the whole of the country.
With 49 new cases in Auckland announced today, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the community is now 612. Apart from 15 in Wellington, the rest are all in Auckland.