New Zealand PM Ardern to take first dose of COVID-19 vaccine next week

New Zealand PM Ardern to take first dose of COVID-19 vaccine next week

© APA | New Zealand PM Ardern

# 08 June 2021 13:43 (UTC +04:00)

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday that she would get her first COVID-19 shot at the end of next week, as the country prepared to receive another 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, APA reports citing Reuters.

"For me, it's been important that I allow those in the most at risk group... to be prioritised," Ardern said in a news conference.

"I'm choosing to be vaccinated at this point in order to play my role in demonstrating that I consider it to be absolutely safe and also really critical to keep others safe," she said.

Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand in July, Ardern said.

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