COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that affects your lungs, airways and other organs. There are different strains that spread between people and affect them differently. Some people with COVID-19 can get very sick, and some people severely sick.

COVID-19 vaccination provides protection against severe illness from COVID-19. Anyone aged 5 years and over can get the vaccine for free – it doesn’t matter what your visa or citizenship status is. 

Find the latest information about COVID-19 on the Health Information and Services website.

For specific advice for health professionals visit COVID-19: Information for all health professionals. 

If you have concerns and require advice on the management of a COVID-19 outbreak in your organisation or facility, contact Toi Te Ora Public Health on 0800 221 555 or email