Get in the know to protect our whānau

When we vaccinate ourselves, we’re protecting our whānau. When whānau are vaccinated, they’re reducing the risk of serious illness. The more people that get vaccinated, the stronger we will be.

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How does the vaccine work?

The vaccine works like other vaccines. It teaches the immune system to recognise and fight the virus.

It can’t give you the disease because it does not contain the virus, or a dead or inactivated virus, or anything that can affect our DNA.

The vaccine is gone completely from your body within a few days, leaving your immune system ready for action if COVID-19 comes near you.

How were COVID-19 vaccines created so quickly?

It took a global effort to create the COVID-19 vaccines. But we didn’t start from scratch. Similar research into another virus (known as SARS) was already underway.

Other things helped.

  • Large amounts of funding were invested in research and manufacturing.
  • New technology was available.
  • Researchers, scientists and manufacturers around the world worked together.

As a result, the vaccines could be made faster, while still making sure they went through all the safety checks.

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What happens when I go to get the vaccine?

  • You’ll be asked to provide your details and to give consent.
  • A fully trained vaccinator will give you the vaccine in your upper arm.
  • You’ll need to stay for 15 minutes after getting vaccinated.
  • Some mild side-effects are common and are a sign that your body’s learning to fight the virus. Visit
  • A second appointment will be booked for you. Be sure to make a note so you know when and where your second appointment is happening.  
  • Both doses of the vaccine are FREE.
  • Being fully vaccinated (two doses) will help protect you and your whānau from COVID-19.
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How effective is the Pfizer vaccine?

The clinical trials performed on the Pfizer vaccine show it’s approximately 95% effective against COVID-19, around seven days after receiving the second dose.

We don’t yet know how long you’ll be protected, or how much it stops you from passing on the virus. Current research shows that once you’re vaccinated, you’ll have immunity against COVID-19 for at least eight months and it may be longer.

When can I get vaccinated?

The Government has a vaccine rollout plan to ensure those who need the vaccine most, like health and border workers, get it first.

Those who are at a higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 can get the vaccine from May onwards.

Everyone aged 12 and over, will be able to get the vaccine from September this year, and no one will miss out.

Both doses of the vaccine are FREE.

To find out which vaccination group you are in, go to