Musicians, sports stars and celebrities participated in the “Faxathon” event, which was broadcast on television and on the Internet for 8 continuous hours.
By the afternoon hours, more than 120,000 people had received the vaccine, exceeding the daily record of 93,000 recorded last August.
According to the figures, up to 124,669 people have been vaccinated, a figure equivalent to more than 2.5 percent of New Zealand’s population of 4.9 million.
The effectiveness of the vaccination extended into the evening, according to the Associated Press.
The return to TV fundraising events, which were popular from the 1970s to the 1990s, comes as New Zealand faces its biggest threat since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with an outbreak of the delta mutant spreading in Auckland and elsewhere.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, chatting with motorists at a vaccination center in Wellington, had initially set a target of 100,000 doses per day, but raised that to 150,000 after the first target was achieved.
It also set a target of 25,000 doses for the indigenous people, the Maori people, who were hit hard by the recent outbreak and had low vaccination rates.
It is noteworthy that as of Friday, the proportion of those who received the full vaccine, that is, two doses, reached 62 percent, while the proportion of those who received the vaccine from New Zealanders, one or two doses, reached 83 percent.