We’re currently vaccinating groups 1, 2 and 3. Find out which group you are in below.
Group 3 vaccinations underway
If you’re over 65 and live in the Auckland or Northland regions, you’ll receive your invitation to book a COVID-19 vaccination by Friday, 18 June. All invitations to Group 3, including people with underlying health conditions, will be issued by mid-July.
You’ll receive a text or an email from NMF Immunisation bookings inviting you to book your appointment. If you belong to a GP clinic that is also offering COVID-19 vaccinations, you may also receive an invitation from them too. You can click on the link in the text or email to make your appointment.
The invitations are issued automatically, so you don’t need to do anything until you receive yours.
Find out more about the vaccine rollout below.
The Pfizer vaccine has been thoroughly assessed for safety by Medsafe experts. Medsafe only grants consent for using a vaccine in Aotearoa, once they’re satisfied it has met strict standards for safety, efficacy and quality.
This is the same process used to assess other medicines, like the flu vaccine. There have been no shortcuts taken in granting approval.
The Pfizer vaccine has been used successfully by millions worldwide. It continues to be monitored for safety.
You can read more information on this page.
Like all medicines, the vaccine may cause side effects in some people. These are common and mostly mild. This is a sign of the body’s response to the vaccine and shows that it’s working. The most commonly reported reactions are:
You can read more about side effects at this page.
The COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective if people have both doses. Studies show that about 95% of people who have received both doses of the vaccine, are protected against getting COVID-19 symptoms.
That means once you are fully vaccinated you are far less likely to fall seriously ill.
You can read more about the effectiveness of the vaccine here.
You can opt-out of getting the vaccine, and if you change your mind, opt back in to get it.
Yes, you can. When you receive your invite, you’ll be able to select the Vaccination Centre you want to attend.
Depending which group you’re in to get the vaccine, you’ll receive your invite by email or text. Follow the instructions to arrange your appointment.
You can contact the Vaccination Helpline on 0800 28 29 26 (Auckland) or 0800 237 829 (Northland).
Yes, you can. Follow the instructions on your booking confirmation.
If you are an older Māori or Pacific person your Whānau can come too and get vaccinated at the same time.
Those over 65, with underlying health conditions or disabilities are welcome to bring a support person. The support person can get vaccinated at the same time too.
Retirement village residents will receive invitations by Friday 18 June as part of the Group 3 rollout, provided they are 65 and over.
The invitations are being sent automatically, so residents don’t need to do anything until they receive theirs.
You should give yourself about 40 minutes for the vaccination process at the Vaccination Centre. This includes the 20-minutes after you have the vaccine where you must stay in the observation area before you can leave.
You get your second dose at least 21 days after your first dose. You will get an invite and will be able to select the Centre, day and time for your second vaccination.
People under the age of 16 are not included for now. Limited data is available for this age group.
You should discuss your individual situation (particularly if you have other medical conditions) and the benefits and risks of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant with your midwife or doctor.
If you are pregnant and choose to have the vaccine, you can get early access. This is because people who are pregnant can become very sick if they get COVID-19.
More information is available at COVID-19 vaccination, pregnancy and lactation – The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC).
You can get early access to the COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 16 years and over, and meet one or more of the following criteria:
• You have a health condition that means you are eligible for a publicly funded influenza vaccine, including pregnant people.
• You have been diagnosed with severe mental illness (which includes schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder, and adults currently accessing secondary and tertiary mental health and addiction services).
• You have poorly controlled or severe hypertension (hypertension is another name for high blood pressure). In this case, severe is defined as requiring 2 or more medications for control.
• You are severely obese (defined as a BMI ≥40).
Yes, people can get COVID-19 more than once, so it’s important to get the vaccine, even if you’ve had COVID-19 before.
You'll need to wait at least:
You can read more about the Pfizer vaccine and having other vaccines at this page
If you need to travel overseas from New Zealand, you can apply for an early COVID-19 vaccine on compassionate grounds or for reasons of national significance. Learn more about this process and criteria here.
The government has secured 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine in total. This is enough for 5 million people to get the two doses of the vaccine they need against COVID-19.
You can read more about the Pfizer vaccine at this page.
Vaccines protect your health and prevent disease by working with your body’s natural defences, so you’re ready to fight the virus if you’re exposed.
The Pfizer vaccine will not give you COVID-19. It does not contain any live virus, or dead or deactivated virus. It works by triggering your immune system to produce antibodies and blood cells that work against the COVID-19 virus.
You can read more about the Pfizer vaccine at this page.
Regular updates are provided to Primary Care via Medinz.
The app Āwhina provides information from the Ministry of Health and other trusted sources - download Āwhina here.
Vaccination centre locations for those who have received an invitation to be vaccinated.
(Last appointment starts at 2.30pm)
The centre is located inside the Highbury Mall/Shopping Centre, at the top of the travelator and next to the Paper Plus bookstore.
Lift access is available by the Burger King drive-through.
Mon - Fri: 8am-4.30pm
Sat - Sun: Closed
Mon – Sun: 8am – 4pm
Enter the Atrium shopping centre on Elliot St. Take lifts to L4. Turn left when exiting lifts.
Mon-Fri: 9am- 3.30pm
For elderly, mobility and disabled access, use Gate A at 5 Ōtara Rd. For all other visitors, use Gate B at 20 Newbury St and follow the signs.
17 June 2021 at 23:00
Covid-19 vaccines given in our region
Vaccination centres operating
17 Jun 2021
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The group of about 30 over 65s who meet three times a week talked about the importance of being vaccinated and how they wanted to get it done not only to protect themselves but also their families and communities.
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