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.

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.

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. Nearly 50% of the world's population have had a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 3 million people in Aotearoa have had their first Pfizer vaccine. This means we have lots of data to show the Pfizer vaccine has been thoroughly assessed for safety.

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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.

Studies show that 95% of people who have received 2 doses of the vaccine are protected against getting COVID-19 symptoms.

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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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When you are ready to get your COVID-19 vaccination

Book now or visit one of the many places around New Zealand where you can get vaccinated without an appointment.

Book your vaccination

Walk-in and drive-through centres

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