The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is FREE.
The Pfizer vaccine is the main COVID-19 vaccine being used in New Zealand. There will be enough vaccine for everyone aged 16 and over to get the two doses they need to be protected against COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective.
Getting two doses means you have less chance of getting really sick or passing Covid-19 on to others.
Even if you’re fit and healthy you can still catch COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease. Some COVID survivors have experienced long-term health problems from infection.

When you choose to vaccinate, you protect your future.

Your health and the wellbeing of your whānau is critical to living a good life. Choosing to vaccinate yourself now reduces the risk of you getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19 in the future.

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 16 and over will be able to get the vaccine from July 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 Covid19.govt.nz/myvaccine

Your privacy is protected.

The information you provide when you go to get vaccinated will be recorded in the Ministry of Health’s COVID Immunisation Register.

The Register keeps a record of immunisations for individuals, and provides information about immunisation coverage across the country.

Only those people with a role in managing this vaccine programme and related administration can see, add or change the information held in the Register. Everyone who can access the Register has been trained to keep the information safe. 

For more information visit health.govt.nz/covid-vaccine-privacy

The flu vaccine cannot protect you from COVID-19.

While they are both viral infections, the viruses belong to two separate groups. The regular flu vaccination does not provide immunity to, or protection from, COVID-19.

Similarly, a COVID-19 vaccine will not provide protection from the flu.

I’m fit and healthy. Do I need the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease. Even if you’re fit and healthy you can still get COVID-19 and pass it onto someone else who may get very sick.

Overseas, we are seeing a growing number of COVID survivors who are struggling with symptoms after the infection has passed. This includes fatigue, breathlessness, and chest pain.

Our borders are our first line of defence against COVID-19.

By making our borders stronger, we make Aotearoa stronger too. Those at the border, MIQ workers, and their households, were the first people to receive the vaccine.

By shielding those most at risk of catching COVID-19 in their workplace, we reduce the risk of future outbreaks and lockdowns.

Vaccine Factsheet