COVID-19 vaccine rollout groups

Everyone in New Zealand aged 12 and over will be in 1 of 4 groups for their COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more about who is in each group and when they can book their vaccination.

Find out what group you are in

Vaccinations at Alert Level 4

The COVID-19 vaccination programme has resumed, though some vaccination sites may still be closed.

Vaccination sites will operate under Alert Level 4 conditions. This means you legally must wear a face covering to your appointment.

Wearing a face covering at Alert Level 4

Physical distancing requirements at the sites means there might be fewer people vaccinated. The reduced capacity means we may need to postpone some appointments. If we need to postpone your appointment you will be contacted by the Ministry of Health, your DHB, or healthcare provider.
 
If you do not hear anything, please come to your appointment as scheduled.

Vaccinations for Alert Level 4 workers

The Government is expanding the list of Alert Level 4 workers who can get early access to a COVID-19 vaccination. These people will be included in Group 2.

About the rollout

Everyone in New Zealand aged 12 and over will be in 1 of 4 vaccine rollout groups. People at greater risk will get vaccinated first.

Once it is your turn, you can be vaccinated at any time — there is no cut off.

Group 1

Border and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers

Group 1 includes people working at the border or in MIQ, and the people they live with (household contacts).

It is mandatory for workers at MIQ facilities, ports and airports who are at the greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19 to get vaccinated.

Border and MIQ worker vaccinations

How to book your vaccination

Group 2

High-risk frontline workers and people living in high-risk places

The Government is expanding the list of Alert Level 4 workers who can get early access to a COVID-19 vaccination. These people will be included in Group 2.

Group 2 will now also include frontline staff who interact with customers and transport and logistic services directly supporting the vaccination programme.

You are also in Group 2 if you:

  • are a high-risk frontline healthcare worker (public or private)
  • work in a long-term residential environment
  • live in long-term residential care and are 12 or over
  • are an older Māori or Pacific person being cared for by whānau
  • live with or care for an older Māori or Pacific person
  • live in the Counties Manukau DHB area and are 65 or over, have an underlying health condition or disability, are pregnant, or are in a custodial setting.

How to book your vaccination

Group 3

People who are at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19

You are in this group if you:

  • are aged 65 or over
  • are eligible for a publicly funded influenza vaccine 
    Eligibility criteria: Influenza vaccination (external link)
  • are pregnant
  • are disabled, or are caring for a person with a disability
  • are severely obese (defined as a BMI ≥40) 
    BMI calculator (external link)
  • have high blood pressure requiring 2 or more medications for control
  • are an adult in a custodial setting
  • have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness (which includes schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder, and adults currently accessing secondary and tertiary mental health and addiction services).

How to book your vaccination

Group 4

Everyone aged 12 and over

Everyone aged 12 and over can book from Wednesday 1 September.

Once it is your time, you can be vaccinated at any time — there is no cut off.

We have ordered more than enough Pfizer vaccines for everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 and over to be able to be vaccinated by the end of the year.

How to book your vaccination

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