COVID-19: Chris Hipkins warns July will be 'bumpy' with concerns over vaccine supply and rollout

The COVID-19 Response Minister says we're ahead of schedule on the vaccine rollout, with the over-65s next in line, but he's nervous about what happens next.

Minister Chris Hipkins says July will be a "bumpy" month with concerns over supply and the rollout, but they're "throwing everything at it".

So far so good though, we're ahead of schedule, topping 300,000 vaccines. Yesterday was a record day, with more than 13,000 jabs.

And the Government's secured enough vaccines to deliver 1.2 million doses by the end of June. But is it enough?

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy got her COVID vaccine on Wednesday.

"I'm feeling perfectly fine, in fact, a little bit surprised as I didn't even feel a prick as the needle entered my arm," she said.

But not all those over 65 will get their jab just yet, said COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.

"In terms of the 65-plus group, it's a big group of people, we won't have enough vaccines to be able to do all of them by the end of June, but we can certainly make a start on that group," said Hipkins.

Over-65s in south Auckland are being invited to get the vaccines now, while the rest of the country has to wait a bit, except in Northland where anyone over 50 can already have one.

But if you're thinking of going on vacation to get a vaccination, Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai says "please don't".

"Apparently we had a busload of people from Auckland who were coming up north who'd heard about our clinics and thought they'd jump on the bandwagon and join the queue, "she says.

"And of course we gave them a short shrift and said 'no no no, you go back to your own District Health Board and join the queues there'."

When it's your turn you'll get an invite via text or email telling you when and where to go.

For some it'll be big vaccination centres where they'll be able to do up to a 1000  jabs a day, for others it'll be their GP.

President of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, Dr Samantha Murton, says GPs are having to balance COVID vaccine preparations with the flu jab.

"At the moment we are all focused on flu vaccine because we'd like to get the flu vaccine done early so there's no delay for people when they go onto COVID because there has to be a two-week gap between a flu vaccine and a COVID vaccine."

But it's the July scale-up that has the Minister really worried.

"I'm, of course, nervous about that," said Hipkins, "That is going to be a bit bumpy, it's going to be a huge undertaking for our health system."