The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is FREE.
The Pfizer vaccine is the main COVID-19 vaccine being used in Aotearoa. There is enough vaccine for everyone aged 12 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 are far less likely to get really sick and have to go to hospital if you catch COVID-19. You are also less likely to pass COVID-19 on to other people.
Even if you’re fit and healthy you can still catch COVID-19.
COVID-19 is highly infectious. Some COVID-19 survivors have experienced long-term health problems. The virus is usually spread from one person to another when an infected person breathes, speaks, coughs, sneezes or sings.

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. High levels of vaccination in Aotearoa will result in greater freedom for you and your whānau.

When can I get vaccinated?

Everyone aged 12 and over can get the vaccine now.

Both doses of the vaccine are FREE.  You can book a vaccination or just go to a walk-in or drive-through centre.  Find a vaccination centre near you here.

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.

For a kōrero

If you want to talk to someone about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can call the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline 0800 28 29 26. You can ask for a Māori advisor. 

Vaccine Factsheet