Immunisation and Well Child/Tamariki Ora

Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.


Regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, children are eligible for publicly funded vaccinations on the Immunisation Schedule, and WellChild/Tamariki Ora services. 

Criteria: B17, B18, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.

Note: Children may be eligible for other services to be funded, under other criteria. For example, if they are a UK citizen who ordinarily resides in New Zealand, they would be eligible for certain publicly funded services under a reciprocal agreement.  If they are under 18 and have an eligible parent, they may be eligible for the full range of publicly funded health and disability services (return to the beginning of the Guide for further information).  

The Government strongly recommends that people in New Zealand who are not eligible for publicly funded health services hold comprehensive travel insurance, including health insurance.

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