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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The Manaakitanga journey to getting vaccinated for disabled people [DOCX, 66 KB]
- The Manaakitanga journey to getting vaccinated for disabled people [PDF, 539 KB]
- The Manaakitanga journey to getting vaccinated for disabled people [PNG, 1 MB]
- Toolkit for organisations working with disabled people [PDF, 2.5 MB]
Other ideas and resources
- Read our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
- Read vaccine advice if you have a health condition
- Use the decision making tool to help. You can fill in the tool yourself and take it with you to your vaccination appointment. Make a decision about having the COVID-19 vaccine (external link)
- 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.
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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