COVID-19 vaccines

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.

Note: Under Alert Level 4, you can still get your COVID-19 vaccinations.

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 also 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/BioNTech vaccine is being used in New Zealand. This vaccine is known by the brand name Comirnaty®. 

Before vaccines are provided to the community, they must be approved by Medsafe. Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, and is a part of the Ministry of Health. It is responsible for the regulation of medicines. It is Medsafe's role to assess the available data about a vaccine before approving its use in New Zealand.

Medsafe only grants consent for a vaccine to be used in New Zealand once they are satisfied it’s safe and effective enough to use. Read more about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (Comirnaty®).

Other vaccines with provisional approval

Medsafe has granted provisional approval for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, in people aged 18 years and older. However, the government’s plan remains to ramp up the rollout using the Pfizer vaccine.

Can the Pfizer vaccine be given with other vaccines?

All vaccines (except shingles vaccine) can be given at the same time or immediately before or after the COVID-19 vaccine. If given at the same time, you will receive the vaccines at separate places on your arms and with different syringes. Read more about COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines

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

Yes, people with underlying health conditions can get the vaccine, eg, if you have:

  • serious and chronic respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • chronic kidney/renal disease
  • diabetes
  • coronary heart conditions
  • stroke
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • cancer, excluding basal and squamous skin cancers if they are not invasive.

Read more about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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. Last reviewed: 01 Sep 2021