COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Find out how to book an appointment to get vaccinated, and what to expect on the day.

COVID-19 vaccines are free and voluntary for everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over

It doesn't matter what your visa or citizenship status is. Any information collected will not be used for immigration purposes.

How to book an appointment

Group 1

We’ll confirm your contact details through our records and your employer. A health worker from your regional DHB will then contact you about making an appointment to get vaccinated. 

You can book your vaccination at the same time as your regular testing schedule. 

When you get an appointment, you'll also be sent a link to an online form to provide details of the people you live with.

If you’re not contacted to make an appointment, talk to your employer.

Group 2

If you're a frontline healthcare worker, you can expect an invitation to be vaccinated from your employer, local DHB or health provider. If you have not received an invitation by mid-April, speak to your employer or contact your local DHB.

Find contact details for your local DHB (external link)

For other people in Group 2, we are working with DHBs and health providers to confirm how your vaccination appointments will work. You don’t need to do anything just yet. We’ll update the COVID-19 vaccines section of this website soon with more information.

Groups 3 and 4

We'll provide information about appointments for other groups closer to the time they can be vaccinated.

Find out which group you're in

Information sheets

Advice about the vaccine for all border and MIQ workers [PDF, 96 KB]

Advice about the vaccination process for all border and MIQ workers [PDF, 89 KB]

Which vaccine you'll be given

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the only vaccine approved for use in New Zealand so far. We will be getting enough doses of this vaccine for everyone in Aotearoa.

Who the vaccine has been approved for

Getting a flu or measles vaccination

Gaps between different vaccinations

You'll need to wait at least:

  • 2 weeks between the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and influenza (flu) vaccine
  • 4 weeks between the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Measles Mumps Rubella vaccine.

If you're in Group 1 or 2

  • Get your COVID-19 vaccination first.
  • You can get your flu vaccine 2 weeks after your second dose.
  • If you're 15-30 years old, you may need to get a measles vaccination too.

If you're in Group 3 or 4

  • Get your flu vaccination first.
  • You can get your COVID-19 vaccination 2 weeks after this.

What to expect at your appointment

1. When you get there

A healthcare worker will talk you through what is going to happen.

You'll be asked:

  • for your name, date of birth and physical address so we can verify this in the COVID Immunisation Register (you don't need to show photo ID)
  • to give consent to receive the vaccine – this is standard practice for any vaccination.

2. Getting your vaccination

A healthcare worker will inject the vaccine into your upper arm.

3. After receiving your vaccination

Once you've been vaccinated, you’ll need to stay behind for 20 minutes. This is to make sure you don’t have any immediate allergic or adverse reactions.

We'll record information about your COVID-19 immunisations in our COVID Immunisation Register. You’ll be given a card that shows the date you've been vaccinated and the batch number.

If you need to change your appointment

When your vaccine appointment is confirmed, you’ll get instructions on what to do if you need to reschedule your appointment for any reason.

Information sheets

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine: What to expect [PDF, 91 KB]

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine — simplified version [PDF, 223 KB]

After your immunisation [PDF, 85 KB]

COVID-19 vaccines privacy statement [PDF, 116 KB]

Side effects

Like all medicines, the vaccine may cause side effects in some people. This is the body’s normal response and shows the vaccine is working.

Side effects are usually mild, don’t last long and won’t stop you from having the second dose or going about your daily life.

Serious allergic reactions can happen but are extremely rare.

Learn more about side effects

How to get your second dose

You’ll need to get your second dose of the vaccine at least 21 days (3 weeks) later.

You should get an automated reminder about your second appointment closer to the time. If you can’t make your appointment, reschedule as soon as possible.

For the best protection, it's important to get your second dose — even if you get mild side effects after the first dose.

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