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Getting Vaccinated




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- Everyone in New Zealand aged 5 years and over can get their free COVID-19 vaccination now. 
- It doesn't matter what your visa or citizenship status is.
On this page

My vaccine pass

> About the COVID-19 vaccine programme

> Drive-through vaccinations

> Getting a booster

> Pregnancy and vaccination

> Vaccination progress 

> 5-11 year old vaccinations  

> Book your vaccine

> Find a vaccination clinic in Northland



About the COVID-19 vaccine programme
  • Vaccinations are free and one of the most powerful tools against COVID-19.
  • Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are how we protect each other, our whānau, and our community, including against the delta variant of the virus.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is highly effective if people have both doses at least three weeks apart.
  • When you book, have your NHI (National Health Index) number handy, it will make the process quicker for you. You’ll find your NHI number on a prescription, x-ray or test result, or a letter from the hospital.
  • It is really important that you provide your full legal name – not an alias or nickname.
  • Please do not turn up any earlier than 15 minutes before your appointment and please respect our Vaccination Community Clinic staff, who are working tirelessly to vaccinate our community.
  • The wait time after COVID vaccinations is 15 minutes
  • For information about vaccine use for 12-15-year-olds, visit the Unite against COVID-19 website.
  • For assistance with requests for a My Vaccine Pass, International Travel Certificates or a record of your Covid-19 Vaccinations (My Vaccine Record) please call 0800 28 29 26 (8am - 8pm, 7 days a week). 
Drive-through vaccination centres
  • Drive-through vaccination is only suitable for passenger cars or SUVs. We cannot accept motorbikes, trucks, or other high-sided vehicles.
  • If you have a history of fainting or other serious reactions following vaccinations, we recommend you don’t get your vaccination in a drive-through vaccination centre.
  • Private conversations are more challenging at a drive-through site. If you need a detailed conversation about your vaccination, call your GP or Healthline first or attend a non-drive-through vaccination centre.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are required to self-isolate (including because you are waiting for your test results), do not come to your vaccination appointment. This applies to all vaccination centres, including drive-through vaccination.
Getting your vaccination at a drive-through vaccination centre
  • Where possible, wear a face covering.
  • Come prepared in case you need to wait in queue for a period of time.
  • Sit next to a car door that can be opened.
  • Wear clothing allowing the vaccinator easy access to your upper arm. You should expect to receive the vaccine in the arm closest to the car window.
  • Always stay in your vehicle unless you are asked to step out by vaccination staff.
> Find a vaccination clinic in Northland
Getting a booster

The Pfizer vaccine is the primary vaccine being used in New Zealand for booster doses, even if you had a different vaccine for your earlier doses.

You can get a free booster now if:

  • you are aged 18 or over, and
  • you are fully vaccinated, and
  • it has been at least 3 months since you completed your primary course (for most people, this is 2 doses)
  • 16 and 17-year-olds can get a Pfizer booster 6 months after their second dose. 

Booster vaccinations are available from the four DHB vaccination clinics – Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangārei and Dargaville.  

You can also get your booster dose by: 

  • making an appointment with your doctor or pharmacy, if they are doing COVID-19 vaccines
  • if it has been at least 3 months since your second dose, you can book online now through or by calling 0800 28 29 26.

Second Booster

A second booster is recommended for those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – a minimum of 6 months after a first booster.

Recording Booster Doses
You do not need a booster dose to be 'fully vaccinated' or to get a vaccine pass or certificate. If you do get a booster dose, it will be added to My Covid Record.

Click here for more information.

COVID 19 pregnancy and vaccination

If you are pregnant (hapū) or planning a pregnancy, it is important to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Studies have shown this is safe and better for you and your baby. If you get COVID-19 while you’re pregnant you can become very sick.

If you’re pregnant, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy. 

If you haven't made your appointments yet, you can:

    • ask your GP clinic if they are providing the COVID-19 vaccine 
    • book online at Book My Vaccine
    • book by phone – call the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).

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