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Second COVID-19 vaccine booster for the most vulnerable
27 May 2022

A second booster is recommended for the most vulnerable 6 months after the first booster.

New Zealand to stay at Orange for now
24 May 2022

Orange is the most appropriate setting to manage the Omicron outbreak as we head into winter.

Temporary medical exemption change for Vaccination Order workers
17 May 2022

Workers subject to the Vaccinations Order who test positive for COVID-19 for the first time, can get a temporary medical exemption from getting a booster dose.

Avoid COVID reinfection this winter
13 May 2022

Winter is just around the corner and with it, a risk of catching COVID-19 again. See the latest guidance.

Updated My Vaccine Pass for those who want it
13 May 2022

If you are up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations you can download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May.

Fully open border and immigration changes speed up economic growth
11 May 2022

New Zealand’s border will reopen to all tourists and visa holders from 11:59pm 31 July 2022.

Third vaccination now available for immune compromised tamariki
05 May 2022

From today, tamariki aged 5 to 11 who are severely immunocompromised can receive a third primary dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Broadened criteria for returning visa holders
03 May 2022

The Government is broadening the ability for residence class visa holders to re-enter New Zealand.

Changes for ships’ crew entering New Zealand
02 May 2022

From 11:59pm 2 May, people currently permitted to arrive via the maritime border do not need to quarantine or isolate for 7 days.

Govt and Air New Zealand to trial innovative and accurate new COVID-19 test
01 May 2022

The Government is partnering with Air New Zealand to trial an innovative new COVID-19 testing solution that uses Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP).

Another COVID-19 drug in the medicine chest
28 Apr 2022

New Zealanders who contract COVID-19 now have access to 6 medicines proven to safely prevent the most severe and life-threatening symptoms of the virus.

New mask exemption card to remove uncertainty
27 Apr 2022

People who have genuine reasons for not being able to wear a face mask can access a new personalised exemption card from the end of May.

Survey results show safety of COVID-19 vaccine for children in Aotearoa
22 Apr 2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Independent Safety Monitoring Board publishes Interim Report
20 Apr 2022

The Board has published an interim report about its findings on the safety data for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

New Zealand moves to Orange in time for Easter
13 Apr 2022

Kiwis can enjoy the long weekend with greater freedoms across the country from 11:59pm on Wednesday as New Zealand moves to Orange.

Young people aged 16 and 17 eligible for COVID-19 boosters
06 Apr 2022

From tomorrow, young people aged 16 and 17 can receive a free booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after completing their primary course.

New Zealand to stay at Red as vaccine passes and most mandates end
04 Apr 2022

NZ is seeing a drop in cases, but as Omicron takes hold in our regions, public health advice tells us now is not the time for the country to move to Orange.

Free rapid antigen tests now available for home testing

03 Mar 2022

Rapid antigen tests can be ordered through a new website and picked up from a collection site.

Next stage in plan to manage Omicron peak

24 Feb 2022

Ministers have confirmed a move to the next phase of the Government’s Omicron response from 11:59pm on Thursday, 24 February.

The Big Booster
04 February 2022

Learn about booster doses for COVID-19 vaccines, when you need one and how to get it.

Booster interval reduced to three months
02 February 2022

Today the government has announced a reduction in the gap between the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and the booster shot from four months to three months.

Government announces three-phase approach to Omicron

24 Feb 2022

Ministers have confirmed a move to the next phase of the Government’s Omicron response from 11:59pm on Thursday, 24 February.

The Guardian
25 January 2022

In this article Brigid Delaney, lawyer and journalist, pens some advice to New Zealanders preparing for Omicron from COVID-ravaged New South Wales. She provides some useful insights into what we can expect to encounter in the coming weeks.