COVID-19 vaccines overview

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Aotearoa New Zealand is under way. Find the answers to common questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccination.

On this page, you can find the following information:

How do I book a vaccination for myself or someone else?

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 years and over can book their free COVID-19 vaccination now.  It doesn’t matter what your visa or citizenship status is.

There are many ways to book your vaccine:

  • Contact your GP clinic.
  • Website: To make an appointment, go to Book My Vaccine 
  • Phone: Call the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 8am–8pm, 7 days a week. You can ask for an interpreter if you need one.
  • If you speak a Pacific language: You can phone the Pacific COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 21 12 21.
  • Drive-through vaccination centres: For more information about how to book a vaccination, including information about drive-through vaccination centres and whānau group bookings, see how to book your vaccination. Te Puni Kōkiri has COVID-19 information for Māori on the vaccine rollout.
  • Find a vaccination centre near you: Use the interactive map on the Karawhiua website to find a vaccination centre near you (karawhiua.nz)

Read more about booking your COVID-19 vaccination. 

Which COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out?

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the preferred vaccine in Aotearoa New Zealand. Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 years and over can book their free COVID-19 vaccination now. Read more about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 

Other COVID-19 vaccines available in Aotearoa New Zealand are:

Can I get a vaccine if I have an underlying health condition? 

Yes, people with underlying health conditions, including people with weak immune systems (immunocompromised) can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about vaccine advice if you have a health condition. 

Should I get the COVID vaccine if I have already had COVID?

Yes, it is strongly recommended to get the COVID vaccine if you have already had COVID – complete your primary course (for most people, this is two doses) and get your booster. 

  • Vaccination can help reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 again, and passing it on. It also reduces the chances of you becoming very ill and ending up in hospital. 
  • Being vaccinated provides better protection than any immunity you might get from being infected with the virus and can also help protect you from new variants of COVID-19. 
  • People who have been infected but not vaccinated are more likely to get re-infected than those who have been vaccinated with 2 doses. 

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Learn more

For other reliable and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines see:

Karawhiua A COVID-19 campaign for whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities, Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry for Māori Development), NZ
COVID-19 vaccination rollout for Northland and Auckland The Immunisation Advisory Centre, NZ, 2021
Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 The Immunisation Advisory Centre, NZ
Covid-19 education The Immunisation Advisory Centre, NZ
COVID-19 vaccine planning Ministry of Health, NZ
COVID-19 therapeutic products – questions and answers Medsafe, NZ
COVID-19 vaccination information for Pasifika Dr Nini Prescott on TikTok

References

  1. Approval status of COVID vaccines applications received by Medsafe Medsafe, NZ, 2020
  2. COVID-19 – assessing and approving the vaccines Ministry of Health, NZ
  3. Time between doses of COVID-19 vaccine extended Unite against Covid-19, NZ, 2021
Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team.