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.

When you can get a vaccine

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.

Answer these questions to find out when you can get a vaccine

Group 1 — currently being vaccinated

Border and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers

The first people to be vaccinated are people working at the border or in MIQ, and the people they live with (household contacts).

People in Group 1 can get early access to a vaccine 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.

How to book your vaccination appointments

Group 2 — currently being vaccinated

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

You are in this group if you:

  • are a high-risk frontline healthcare workers (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.

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People in Group 2 can get early access to a vaccine 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 vaccination appointments

Sign up for Group 2 updates (external link)

Group 3 — currently being vaccinated

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

You’re in this group if you are:

  • 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.

People in Group 3 can get early access to a vaccine 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 vaccination appointments

Sign up for Group 3 updates (external link)

Group 4 — being vaccinated from 28 July

Everyone aged 16 and over

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

We'll start vaccinating the general population (Group 4) from 28 July. Everyone in this group will have the opportunity to get vaccinated by the end of the year.

There are more than 2 million people in this group. We need to make sure everyone can have their turn, and we need to pace how we roll vaccinations out.

The vaccine rollout for Group 4 will be in age bands

The first age band is people aged 60 years and over. If you're in this age band you become eligible for your COVID-19 vaccination from 28 July.

The next age band will be everyone aged 55 years and over. Bookings for this age band will open 2 weeks later, on 11 August.

Everyone else will follow in age bands through until the end of 2021. Once it’s your turn, you can be vaccinated at any time — there’s no cut off.

The exact start dates of other age bands depend on the timings of our vaccine deliveries. We'll announce new start dates as soon as deliveries are confirmed.

Why you're in this group

Group 4 are being vaccinated from 28 July because, before we vaccinate the wider population, we need to protect the people who are:

  • most at risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • most at risk of becoming seriously ill or even dying if they get the virus.

Everyone will have the opportunity to protect themselves, their whānau and our communities.

Sign up for Group 4 updates (external link)

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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