If you want to book in advance – go to BookMyVaccine.nz or phone the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.
To be vaccinated without an appointment – visit Healthpoint, choose your location and select ‘no appointment required’
Or visit this interactive map, choose your location with ‘Vax now’ as your appointment type.
Even if you have booked your vaccination already, you can choose to go to a walk-in or drive-through vaccination centre instead.
Make sure to cancel any appointments you no longer need. We need to give as many people as possible the opportunity to get vaccinated. You can cancel on BookMyVaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26.
Healthpoint – a national search engine of vaccine providers, with filters for additional assistance
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Dr. Ashley Bloomfield on vaccines: A simple overview of the vaccines and their safety.
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From today, when parents or guardians book their COVID-19 vaccine, they must also book in a vaccination for any 12 – 15-year old’s in their whānau.
Bookings can be made by visiting BookMyVaccine.nz
Young people aged 12 – 15 years will be able to access the vaccine through a variety of ways most convenient to them and their family/whānau, for example:
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves and our whānau. The more of us who are vaccinated in our community, the greater our immunity.
Accelerating the vaccine rollout
Gap between doses extended
From today, the standard gap between the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be 6 weeks.
Moving to a longer gap enables more people to have their first dose of the vaccine sooner. This is an important part of New Zealand being prepared for a possible outbreak of the more infectious Delta variant of the virus.
If you have already had your two doses closer together than six-weeks, you have received great protection against COVID-19. Early research shows that an extended gap between doses of the Pfizer vaccine also gives a robust immune response.
If you have vaccinations booked that are less than six weeks apart, you can keep your second appointment or choose to change it. For example, people with specific clinical treatment plans (such as those about to commence immunosuppressive treatment) or those at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 like border workers may be advised to have their doses with a shorter gap. The two doses must be given at least 21 days apart.
We also know people travelling overseas may require their doses sooner. This is okay too – it’s better to get two doses of the vaccine than to travel without being fully vaccinated.
The important thing is that you get two doses to be fully vaccinated.
The vaccine rollout is on track to make the vaccine available to everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over by the end of the year.
To make or change a booking, go to BookMyVaccine.nz or phone the COVID Vaccine Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. From today, new bookings will default to six-weeks between first and second doses. If you’ve booked with your GP or pharmacy and want to change your appointment, contact them.
Group 4 age bands opening sooner
Increasingly, the Group 4 age bands are opening as more vaccination sites open (including many general practices and pharmacies). So far, more than 2 million doses of the vaccine have been delivered, with more than 800,000 people fully vaccinated.
Upcoming age band openings:
Issues with Access Codes
We understand a small number of people have had difficulty booking a vaccination online using an access code issued with an invitation.
If you’re booking with an access code and no appointments are showing as available in your area this could be because the access code was issued a while ago and has expired. Please remove the code you’ve entered and try again without a code.
You can still book online or over the phone without a code – you just need to answer a couple of simple questions to help us understand your needs.
Please call 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) if you need help or want to book over the phone.
The team can engage with the NZ Relay Services and support you if you are Deaf, hearing impaired, Deafblind or speech impaired.
The team can also arrange to talk with you in your language – when your call is answered, say you’d like an interpreter and the language you’d like to speak in.
There’s no cut off and we have enough vaccine for everyone eligible to be fully vaccinated by the end of the year.
Medsafe provisionally approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older. This was announced on 29 July.
New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca vaccine through an advance purchase agreement last year.
Provisional approval does not mean that we have committed to using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand as part of our Immunisation Programme.
We secured purchase agreements with four pharmaceutical companies to manage the risk that some vaccines might not be approved for use.
To have a third COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in New Zealand is welcome news.
Please send us your feedback about your vaccine status and comments by anonymously completing a quick questionnaire. It doesn’t matter if you have already completed it. We are compiling the results and reporting back to the Ministry of Health regularly.
If you have any questions, please contact Sheryl Davies, Regional Coordinator Otago
0278083949 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
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