When will I get my COVID-19 vaccination?

1 Jun 2021

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe and effective.

Everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and older, regardless of residency or citizenship status, can get vaccinated before the end of 2021. Everyone will be in 1 of 4 groups for COVID-19 vaccination and the COVID-19 website has a handy tool to find out what group you will be in.

Two doses of the vaccine, at least three weeks apart, will protect you. Enough doses for everyone in the country have been ordered.

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai. By joining together we will succeed.

How to get the vaccine in Group 3

We will be vaccinating people in Group 3 over the next few months. You do not need to do anything at the moment.

When it is your turn to book your appointment, we will let you know. This may be via text, your GP’s online system, by email, letter or phone call. This invitation might come from your GP, from the DHB, from a Māori or Pacific health provider, or from a disability organisation.

You will be able to get your vaccination at the place that is the most convenient to you – near your home or work.

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How the vaccine works

The vaccine works by teaching your immune system to recognize and fight off the virus. It doesn’t have the virus in it, or anything that can affect your DNA. The vaccine can’t give you the disease.

The vaccine is safe

Medsafe are the Government organization that looks at all medicine before it used in New Zealand. They make sure medicine is safe to use by looking at all of the research and information from around the world. Medsafe have gone through this with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and they have said that it is safe to use.

More information

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccination visit the Unite against COVID-19 website.