COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Credible sources and resources
Ages 16+ are eligible for boosters. If you've had COVID-19 it's recommended you wait 3 months after testing positive before getting any COVID-19 vaccination.
Current evidence shows your protection against infection after two doses slowly decreases over time. A booster dose will give you greater immunity against COVID-19, including Omicron. A booster also helps reduce the chance of more serious infection, and it will be less likely that you need hospitalisation.
Vaccinations for 5-11 year olds
Children aged 5-11 years old can receive their first and second dose of the vaccination. These videos and leaflet provide information about the vaccination for children.
- 4 reasons to get tamariki immunised against COVID-19
- The risks and benefits of immunisation for children
- Protecting your tamariki from COVID-19
Further resources can be found here:
Videos about the vaccine
This short video from the Immunisation Advisory Centre explains how the COVID-19 vaccination works
The following videos provide answers to common vaccination questions; each video is about 2 minutes long.
Further videos are available at NZ Vaccine Facts | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz) and on the Unite Against COVID-19 YouTube Channel.
Resources for Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and its safety and side effects are available here:
Further fact sheets are available here.
Addressing vaccine misinformation
These leaflets provide information on responding to false and misleading information and scams.
Posters and flyers
Resources are available to download at Vaccine posters, videos and flyers. There are a range of posters and flyers available to download. These can be shared as digital files or printed in any size, in black and white or in colour. You just need to adjust your printer settings.
Information for Māori communities
The Karawhiua campaign, from Te Puni Kōkiri, aims to help whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities make an informed choice about the COVID-19 vaccine. Information is provided in Te Reo Māori and English.
The Te Puni Kōkiri website has a one-stop portal to COVID-19 and vaccine information.
Information for Pacific communities
The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has information on their website about the COVID-19 vaccination for the Pacific community.
Information in other languages
COVID-19 vaccine information and advice is also available in different languages and alternate formats at these links:
Booking a vaccination
Everyone in New Zealand aged 12 years and over is eligible to get the vaccination for free. Vaccination appointments can be made online or by phone.
Online — Book My Vaccine
By phone — 0800 28 29 26 (8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week)
Pamphlet: Booking a COVID-19 vaccination
COVID-19 vaccination information for people who live in the Bay of Plenty
COVID-19 vaccination information for people who live in the Lakes district
My Vaccine Pass
My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use in Aotearoa New Zealand.
You can get your My Vaccine Pass:
- Online - My Covid Record
- By phone - 0800 222 478
- In person at a participating vaccination site
Further information can also be found at the sources below:
- Ministry of Health
- Unite Against COVID-19
- The Immunisation Advisory Centre
- From your GP, pharmacist, iwi health provider or other health professional