COVID-19 vaccination: Your questions answered

We all need accurate and reliable information when we make a decision for ourselves and our whānau. Here you can learn from the experts and get answers about popular topics.

Will the vaccine protect me from COVID-19?

Getting vaccinated means you are far less likely to get really sick and have to go to hospital if you catch COVID-19. You are also less likely to pass COVID-19 on to other people.

In the clinical trials it was found that the Pfizer vaccine gave 95% protection against the symptoms of COVID-19.

While a 2-dose course provides some protection against Omicron, a booster is likely offer greater protection by reducing the chance of more serious infection and the risk of transmitting it to others.

We are encouraging everyone who is eligible to get a free booster now.

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Is the vaccine safe?

COVID-19 vaccines needed to be rolled out quickly, but that does not mean safety was compromised. The Pfizer vaccine we are using in New Zealand is held to the same high safety standards as any other medicine.

COVID-19 vaccines are the most well-studied vaccines ever made. More than 50% of the world's population have had a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 4 million people in Aotearoa have had their second Pfizer vaccine, and over 2.5 million people have had a booster. This means we have lots of data to show the Pfizer vaccine has been thoroughly assessed for safety.

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What can I expect when I get the vaccine?

You might feel nervous about getting the vaccine, which is normal.

A fully trained vaccinator will give you the vaccine in your upper arm, and it will be over very fast. You will then need to stay for at least 15 minutes so we can make sure you do not have an immediate reaction.

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If you have other questions

If you have another question, you can call 0800 28 29 26 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

The team will be able to chat through your concerns and, if needed, can refer you to a medical professional.

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