Find out about New Zealand's COVID-19 vaccine plan. Who can get a vaccine, when you can get it, and how to book a vaccine appointment.
Last updated: 17 June 2021
On this page:
- Everyone in New Zealand can get a free vaccine
- When you can get a vaccine
- Vaccine appointments
- Which vaccine you’ll be given
- New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccine plan
Everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over is eligible for free COVID-19 vaccination, regardless of your visa or citizenship status. Any information we collect will not be used for immigration purposes.
We’ve secured enough Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) for everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over to get the two doses they need against COVID-19. We’re also buying vaccines for those in the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Sāmoa, Tonga and Tuvalu.
It will not be mandatory for the general public. You can choose whether to get vaccinated.
Under 16 years old
If you’re under the age of 16 you’re not able to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this stage.
Studies on the use of the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) for younger age groups are underway but the data is limited at this stage.
COVID-19 vaccines are being thoroughly tested in children under 16 years before they’re approved for this group. We can’t assume the vaccines will act the same way in children as they do in adults.
Over 65 years old
If you’re over 65 years old, both clinical trials and real-world data show that there’s no safety or additional concerns around getting the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty). It has been shown to be highly effective and safe in adults aged over 65 years.
Unwell or have a fever
If you’re unwell on the day of your vaccination or have a fever over 38°C it’s important to delay your COVID-19 vaccine until you’re feeling better.
May have or had COVID-19
If you’re waiting for a COVID-19 test result, you should wait until you get a negative result or have met the criteria to stop isolating before you get vaccinated.
If you’ve had COVID-19
You should have the COVID-19 vaccine even if you’ve had COVID-19 (with or without symptoms). We recommend you wait at least 4 weeks after you recover before getting the vaccine.
Had an allergic reaction to any vaccine
If you’ve had a serious or immediate allergic reaction to any vaccine or injection in the past, discuss this with your vaccinator.
If you have a history of anaphylaxis
You shouldn’t get the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) if you have a history of anaphylaxis:
- to any ingredient in the Pfizer vaccine
- to a previous dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
When you can get a vaccine depends on your age and situation. Different regions will also start at different times.
Once it’s your turn, you can be vaccinated at any time – there’s no cut off.
You can use the Unite against COVID-19 tool to find out what group you're probably in and when you can get a vaccine.
The rollout at a glance
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On screen: To check which vaccination group you are in, please visit www.covid19.govt.nz/myvaccine.
When and how you get a vaccination appointment will depend on which vaccine rollout group you're in and what district health board (DHB) provides services in your area.
Visit Unite against COVID-19 for more information on vaccination appointments.
Pfizer/BioNTech is New Zealand’s primary vaccine provider. The Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) is currently the only vaccine provisionally approved to use in New Zealand. You can’t choose what type of COVID-19 vaccine you’ll get.
Your vaccine is given by trained, authorised vaccinators or qualified medical staff.
We have a plan to provide a free vaccine to protect everyone in Aotearoa. Our plan is to:
- put safety first with all COVID-19 vaccines
- secure enough safe and effective vaccines to protect Aotearoa and the Pacific
- protect Māori, Pacific peoples, and other groups at greater risk of COVID-19
- make it easy for people to get vaccinated
- ensure we are prepared for future outbreaks
- support New Zealand’s contribution to global wellbeing.