Who can book now
If you are aged 12 or over, you can book your free COVID-19 vaccination now. It does not matter what your visa or citizenship status is.
You can book on behalf of someone else — or help them with their booking — if you have their permission.
If you are a worker in a border or managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) setting, getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is mandatory.
How to book online
The Book My Vaccine website is the fastest and easiest way to book and make changes to your appointment. Booking through the website can take 5 minutes or less.
To make a group booking online
Choose a clinic that has multiple bookings available around the time you want to get vaccinated. Book yourself first. You will need to book each person getting vaccinated into the same clinic.
If you have any problems when booking
Email the Book My Vaccine team if you have any problems booking or need to change your details.
How to book over the phone
You can book over the phone by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.
All calls are free, and the team are available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. You can ask for an interpreter if you need one.
What to expect when you call
You might have to wait a little while before your call is answered, as the lines can be busy — please be patient. Once your call is answered, it will take around 15 minutes to book your appointments.
When you call, it is a good idea to have your NHI (National Health Index) number ready. This will make the booking process quicker. You can find your NHI number on a hospital letter, a prescription or prescription receipt. The Ministry of Health has also set up an 0800 number that you can call to find out: 0800 855 066.
Getting your second dose
For the best protection, it is important to get 2 doses of the vaccine.
When to get your second dose
The standard gap between doses is now 6 weeks or more.
We are extending the standard gap because it allows us to give 1 dose (partial protection) to a larger number of people faster.
Early findings from a small number of well-designed studies show that an extended gap between doses of the Pfizer vaccine gives at least an equally robust immune response.
In some situations, you may be advised to have a shorter gap between doses. For example:
- if you are on a specific clinical treatment plan
- if you are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
The minimum gap between doses will continue to be 21 days.
How to book your second dose
Follow the same steps as for booking your first dose, either online or over the phone. You will be asked if you have had your first dose, and which type of vaccine it was.
Other ways to get vaccinated
As well as booked appointments, there will be other ways for people to be vaccinated. These will include workplace vaccinations and other targeted vaccination events across the country.
You can get vaccinated at some vaccination centres without needing to book an appointment.
How to change your appointment
Find out how to change the details of a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
Vaccinations for 12 to 15-year-olds
Young people aged 12 to 15 became eligible for vaccination on August 20.
Each person getting vaccinated will need a separate appointment.
Vaccination centres will do everything to accommodate 12 to 15-year-olds who do not have bookings, but it may not always be possible. Please call ahead, especially if your appointment is at a smaller site like a pharmacy.
Find your appointment details
If you need to be reminded of the time, date or venue for your appointments, you can try the following:
Check your inbox or phone
If you booked with your email address or mobile number, your appointment details will have been sent to you. Check your inbox for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org or your phone for a text from 2328.
Check Book My Vaccine
If you know your booking reference, you can check your appointment details through Book My Vaccine. Enter your email address or phone number and your booking reference.
Call the COVID Vaccine Healthline
They will be able to find your appointment details — you do not need to know your booking reference number. Call 0800 28 29 26.
Proof of vaccination
When you get vaccinated, we record the details in the national COVID-19 Immunisation Register (CIR).
Applying for an early vaccination
If you need to travel overseas from New Zealand and meet specified criteria, you can apply for an early COVID-19 vaccine.
You will need to apply at least 8 weeks before you travel.