Now is the time to take action. The COVID-19 vaccine is critical to protecting our community and returning to normal. It’s free and available to everyone aged 12-years and over.
A number of different partners have come together to support the rollout of the Pfizer vaccine in our rohe. This is a by Māori, for Māori partnership to increase the number of vaccinations that can be delivered for Māori and all of the vulnerable people in our community.
The Pfizer vaccine has been approved by Medsafe. Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority and it’s responsible for the regulation of therapeutic products in New Zealand. Medsafe only grants consent for a vaccine to be used in New Zealand once it is satisfied the vaccine is safe and effective enough to use.
Protecting our whānau
Māori are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and it’s imperative that we have a good plan in place to protect our whānau. Our goal is to ensure whānau have all the information they need to make an informed decision about the vaccine.
We are providing support for the rollout to ensure all whānau who want the vaccine, can get one.
People can now get a free booster if it has been more than 3 months since their second dose.
The booster vaccine will boost immunity for COVID-19 and will better protect against the new Omicron variant. While two doses provide some protection against severe disease, a booster is likely to better prevent passing COVID-19 onto others, and reduce the chance of getting very sick.
Some immunocompromised people may have had a third primary dose to help protect their health. This is different to the booster, and if it’s been four months since the last dose, they can now get a booster as well.
If you are hapū, aged 18 years and older, it is recommended you receive a booster vaccine to help protect you and your pēpi against the effects of COVID-19. The booster vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy, at least 3 months after the second dose. You should discuss the timing of a vaccine booster with your midwife, obstetrician or general practitioner.
If you’re not sure when you had your second vaccination, you can log in to My Covid Record to check the dates.
Tamariki aged 5-11 years
The COVID-19 vaccination is an important way to keep our tamariki safe while the virus is in our community. While COVID-19 generally has milder effects in children, with symptoms being similar to a cold, some children may become very sick. Like adults, if your tamariki catch the virus, they could transmit to other people.
From 17 January, tamariki aged 5 to 11 can receive a paediatric (smaller) dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Tamariki need two doses of the vaccine to be best protected and it’s recommended these are at least eight weeks apart.
The Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds has been through extensive clinical trials with children in this age group and the side effects reported were mild and didn’t last long. The child Pfizer vaccine has gone through the same approval process as other routine child vaccines. No clinical trials were skipped and no corners were cut in the testing of its safety.
Parents or caregivers can go to a walk-in clinic with their tamariki or use BookMyVaccine.nz to book their vaccination.
You can also call the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am–8pm, 7 days a week) to make an appointment or to talk to a trained advisor who will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Tamariki aged 12-15
Young people aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a full dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
To be fully protected, 12 to 15-year-olds need 2 doses of the vaccine, with a gap of three weeks or more between the first and second dose.
While young people aged 12 and over have the right to give their own consent, it is recommended they discuss vaccination with their whānau or a trusted support person.
We have prepared a number of information sheets and FAQs for whānau who may have questions about getting the vaccine. Please read these and share them with your whānau. Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect our whānau from COVID-19.
Our information is sourced from the Ministry of Health. While we endeavour to update it frequently, please see the Ministry website here for the most recent updates.