Vaccinations for disabled people
This section has information about COVID-19 vaccination for disabled people.
Booking your COVID-19 vaccination
- calling the COVID Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 and pushing '2' to speak to the disability team. The COVID Healthline is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
- using the free text option on 8988.
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- using Book My Vaccine (external link). The website is accessible and can be used with a screen reader.
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.
Making a decision about getting vaccinated
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.
Information and advice
For people with a disability or impairment:
- Read our answers to commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
- Read vaccine advice if you have a health condition
- Talk to your whānau or a trusted support person.
- Talk to your doctor. Your doctor is the health professional who knows you best. You might want to ask your doctor questions about the COVID-19 vaccine — for example how the vaccine may affect any health problems you have, or if there are any risks for you.
If you are supporting someone with a disability to make a decision, it can also help to read our advice on conversations about vaccination:
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