COVID-19 vaccine rollout groups

Everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over will be in 1 of 4 groups for their COVID-19 vaccinations. Learn more about who’s in each group and when they can book their vaccinations.

Important dates

Everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over will be in 1 of 4 vaccine rollout groups. People at greater risk will get vaccinated first.

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

Group Who this includes Bookings open
Group 1 Border and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers Now
Group 2 High-risk frontline workers and people living in high-risk places Now
Group 3 People who are at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 Now
Group 4 People aged 60 and over

Now
People aged 55 and over 11 August
People aged 45 and over Mid to late August
People aged 35 and over Mid to late September
People aged 16 and over October

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).

Group 1 can get early access to the vaccine

This is because:

  • border and MIQ workers are most at risk of contracting COVID-19
  • vaccinating this group first will also potentially reduce the risk of transmission in the community.

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 vaccinations — Group 1

Group 2

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

You are in this group 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 16 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.

Group 2 can get early access to the vaccine

This is because:

  • older Māori and Pacific people living with their whānau in the community are more at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19
  • frontline healthcare and disability workers are at greater risk of getting COVID-19, or spreading it to people most at risk
  • people working in long-term residential environments or living in long-term residential care have a higher risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and getting very sick or dying
  • there are many border and MIQ facilities in the Counties Manukau DHB area and people who are aged 65 or over, have an underlying health condition or disability, are pregnant are more at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19
  • international evidence has shown that COVID-19 can spread quickly among people in custody.

How to book your vaccinations — Group 2

Sign up for Group 2 updates (external link)

Group 3

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

You’re in this group if you:

  • are aged 65 or over, or
  • have a relevant underlying health condition, or
  • are disabled, or
  • are in a position of caring for a person with a disability, or
  • are pregnant (any trimester), or
  • are an adult in a custodial setting.

Group 3 can get early access to the vaccine

This is because:

  • we know that age and certain underlying health conditions and disabilities mean that it is much more likely that people will get very sick they catch COVID-19
  • international evidence has shown that COVID-19 can spread quickly among people in custody.

How to book your vaccinations — Group 3

Sign up for Group 3 updates (external link)

Group 4

Everyone aged 16 and over

You're in this group if you're aged 16 and over and have not been eligible for a vaccination yet.

It's a big group, with more than 2 million people, so we will break it down by age bands.

  • The first age band is people aged 60 years and over — they can book their vaccinations now.
  • The next age band is people aged 55 and over — bookings for this age band will open 2 weeks later, on 11 August.

Depending on vaccine supply and progress with other age groups, invitations will open up to people over 45 years from mid to late August, mid to late September for people 35 plus, with everyone else being eligible from October.

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

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 16 and over will be able to be vaccinated by the end of the year.

How to book your vaccination

These dates are estimates

The actual start times will depend on when vaccines are delivered. Changes may also happen if we get new information that affects how the rollout will work.

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