COVID-19: Disabled people – vaccine advice

Get advice on the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re disabled or helping someone with a disability, and find out if you can book your vaccinations now.

Last updated: 23 July 2021

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When and how to get a vaccine

If you’re a disabled person, you’re in either Group 2 or 3. Both groups are eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccinations now.

This includes people who:

  • live in long-term residential settings/communal care
  • have complex care needs and have multiple carers supporting daily life.

It also includes anyone who has an impairment that:

  • is expected to last for six months or longer
  • limits their ability to carry out daily activities and/or participate in society on an equal basis to others. This can be due to the interaction of your impairment with societal and environmental barriers, such as inaccessibility.

This includes impairments that are:

  • physical
  • neurological
  • mental/psychiatric
  • intellectual/learning
  • sensory
  • other types of impairment.

How to get a vaccine

If you haven't made your appointments yet, you can call the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 from 8am to 8 pm, 7 days a week and someone will help you make a booking.


Deciding yourself if you’re disabled

We’re working with disability and health providers to offer vaccinations to disabled people.

We are not expecting people to provide proof of disability, such as a medical certificate. This means you can decide yourself whether you live with a disability, using the definition provided.

Everyone will get access to the COVID-19 vaccine over time, so you’ll have an opportunity to be vaccinated regardless of whether you choose to self-identify as disabled or not.

Underlying health conditions

If you also have an underlying health condition you can learn about how this affects when you can get a vaccine. 

Underlying health conditions – vaccine advice


Alternate formats available 

We have information and health advice about COVID-19 vaccines in Easy Read, New Zealand Sign Language, large print and audio formats.

COVID-19: Easy Read information
COVID-19 New Zealand Sign Language
COVID-19: Large print and audio


Making a decision about having the COVID-19 vaccine

Everyone should have the opportunity to take an active role in making decisions about:

  • their emotional wellbeing
  • their physical health and wellbeing
  • things important to them.

We have a decision-making tool that can help you decide about having the COVID-19 vaccine. You can fill in the tool yourself and take it with you to your vaccination appointment. 

Making a decision about having the COVID-19 vaccine: Decision-making tool – Easy Read (PDF, 1.56 MB)
Making a decision about having the COVID-19 vaccine: Decision-making tool – Easy Read (Word, 4.1 MB)

Supported decision-making

If you’re supporting someone with a disability to decide about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can read the guidance information and use one of the supported decision-making tools. 

There are three guidance tools that can be filled in. Choose the guidance tool or combination of tools that best suit the communication profile of the person you're supporting to make a decision.

Full guidance, includes all three tools:

Supported decision-making: Full guidance and tools – Easy Read (PDF, 1.48 MB)
Supported decision-making: Full guidance and tools – Easy Read (Word, 5.56 MB)

Guidance Tool 1:

Guidance tool 1: Supported decision-making – Easy Read (PDF, 723.42 KB)
Guidance tool 1: Supported decision-making – Easy Read (Word, 3.56 MB)

Guidance Tool 2:

Guidance tool 2: Supported decision-making – Easy Read (PDF, 648.18 KB)
Guidance tool 2: Supported decision-making – Easy Read (Word, 3.41 MB)

Guidance Tool 3:

Guidance tool 3: Supported decision-making – Easy Read (PDF, 736.08 KB)
Guidance tool 3: Supported decision-making – Easy Read (Word, 3.6 MB)


General COVID-19 advice for disabled people and their whānau

We have other information specifically for disabled people and their family and whānau.

COVID-19: Information for disabled people and their family and whānau

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