Vaccinations for disabled people

This section has information about COVID-19 vaccination for disabled people.

COVID-19 vaccination update

Vaccinations for children and young people

Everyone in New Zealand aged 5 and over can get a free COVID-19 vaccine now. Children and young people with disabilities can get vaccinated at some accessible sites with their whānau.

Learn more about vaccinations for children

Booster doses

If you are aged 18 and over, and it has been 3 months since your last dose, you can book your booster now.

Young people aged 16 and 17 can get a free Pfizer booster 6 months after completing their primary course. 

Learn more about booster doses

Talk to a trained advisor

If you are worried about getting the vaccine, you can talk to a trained advisor in the Healthline disability team. The team is made up of people who have experience of a disability themselves, or who have worked with the disabled community.

They will support you, your whānau or someone you care for and answer any questions you may have about:

  • accessibility arrangements and getting mobility assistance at different vaccination centres
  • getting your vaccination safely
  • home vaccinations
  • any effects the vaccine may have on you or your medications.

The disability team is available Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm.

Changes to My Vaccine Pass and worker vaccination requirements

Using My Vaccine Pass is no longer a legal requirement, but some businesses, events and venues may choose to still use it. This means you may need to show your My Vaccine Pass to enter some places. You can still receive essential care even if you do not have a My Vaccine Pass.

Your care and support workers must continue to be fully vaccinated and boosted. This is so they can keep you safe, and reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 to you. All health workers also need to be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Find out more about the changes to My Vaccine Pass

Where to get your vaccination

If you have decided you want to get the vaccine, it is easy to get vaccinated.

You can get your vaccination at:

  • an accessible site
  • your doctor or local pharmacy
  • any other vaccination centre near you.

You can also talk to, text or email a trained advisor to discuss whether a home vaccination is right for you.

Some vaccination centres are fully accessible. Your family, whānau and support workers are also welcome to get their vaccinations with you.

Map of vaccination centres around Aotearoa New Zealand | karawhiua.nz (external link)

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination

You can book your vaccination by:

The disability team can also help you book an appointment for your tamariki at an accessible site.

Getting ready for your vaccination

You can take a support person with you when you get your vaccination. This can be a carer, or someone else you trust.

When you get to the vaccination site, you will need to sign in. If you need an NZSL interpreter or information in an accessible format, please ask.

When it is your time to get vaccinated, the staff will ask you whether it is okay to give you the vaccine. If you say yes, this is called consent. If you cannot give consent, someone who is allowed to make decisions for you can give consent for you.

The vaccinator may also ask you questions about how you are feeling, and what medication you take.

It is normal to feel scared or worried. Ask the vaccinator if you have any questions.

You will need to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination. If this is hard for you, ask if you can wait somewhere else.

The Manaakitanga journey online tool

You can choose to get the vaccine. You can say yes or no or ask for help making your decision.

For disabled people or people with an impairment, the journey to get vaccinated may look a little different. We have created the Manaakitanga Journey online tool to help support disabled people to get vaccinated.

Other ideas and resources

Supporting someone with a disability to get vaccinated

If you are supporting someone with a disability to make a decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you can use one of the supported decision making tools.

Choose the guidance tool or combination of tools that best suits the person you are supporting.

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