Isolating with tamariki while hapū

Ruthie shares her experience of isolating while being hapū, and why she has chosen to vaccinate.

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Te okaoka tamariki 5-11 Immunisation for tamariki aged 5-11

Tamariki aged 5-11 years can get the tamariki version of the Pfizer vaccine. It is a lower dose and smaller volume than the Pfizer vaccine given to adults and is administered with a smaller needle. At this time, there is no vaccine available for tamariki under 5.

Tamariki will need two doses of the vaccine to be fully immunised. It is recommended that they are administered at least eight weeks apart.

You can use our online map tool to find a vax from a kaupapa Māori clinic near you.

Find a clinic

You can book a whānau or group by phoning the COVID Vaccination Healthline team on 0800 28 29 26.

You can also book online through the book my vaccine website.

Book My Vaccine

Preparing tamariki to get vaccinated

There are a few practical things you can do to help your tamariki when they get a vax.

  • Make sure they have had something to eat or drink beforehand
  • Dress them in clothing that allows access to their upper arm
  • Bring a fun distraction, such as a toy.

Just like with any other immunisation, tamariki can get redness, pain or swelling on their arm. Other reactions that can occur, include:

  • headache
  • fever
  • feeling sick, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • fatigue
  • general discomfort, feeling unwell, or aches and pains.

These are common and show the vaccine is working. Getting rest and drinking plenty of fluids will help.

Severe reactions to the vaccine are very rare and usually occur straight away after the vaccination. Your tamariki will be monitored by clinical staff after they get their shot to make sure they are looked after if this happens.

For more information and advice about the COVID-19 vaccination, call Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.

For information about immunising tamariki, visit the COVID-19 vaccination for children page on the Unite against COVID-19 website.

Vaccination for children

Okanga taunaki mō ngā tamariki Booster shots for tamariki

Tamariki aged 5-15 are not eligible for a booster. Only rangatahi aged 16+ can get a booster.

 

Te rongoā āraimate me ngā hapū māmā Vaccines for hapū māmā

If you are hapū, trying to get hapū or breastfeeding, you are encouraged to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.

The vaccine protects you and your pēpi, and you are less likely to become seriously ill if you get COVID-19. If you’re vaccinated, there is evidence that you provide extra protection for your pēpi through antibodies in your breastmilk.

There are good reasons to get vaccinated if you are hapū, trying to get hapū or breastfeeding.

  • Most people who get vaccinated and then get COVID-19 will only experience a mild illness.
  • Being vaccinated means you’re less likely to pass on the virus to others.
  • It helps protect tamariki in your family who are too young to be vaccinated and older whānau members.
  • The vaccine can be given at any stage of your hapūtanga.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 vaccine: Pregnancy and breastfeeding page on the Ministry of Health website.

COVID-19 vaccine: Pregnancy and breastfeeding

For more information and links to resources designed to help whānau respond to COVID-19, visit our helpful links page.

Karawhiua helpful links

 

Okanga taunaki mō ngā hapū māmā Booster shots for hapū māmā

If you are hapū, trying to get hapū or breastfeeding, you are encouraged to get a booster. The booster vaccine can be given at any stage of your hapūtanga.  They are available for all those over 18 years who have been fully vaccinated for at least 3 months and for 16-17-year-olds who have been fully vaccinated for at least 6 months.

A second booster is currently not considered necessary for those who are younger or healthy, including those who are hapū.

Looking after yourself during COVID-19

If you're feeling worried or tired, it's easy to lose your routine. Having a routine can be a huge help to feeling like you're in control and getting good sleep, which makes you less anxious. 

  • If you can, leave the house for some light exercise or fresh air each day.
  • Try to eat nutritious meals three times a day and drink plenty of water. 
  • Limit the time you spend on social media.
  • Remind yourself that you can only do your best. It's OK not to feel OK. We're in this together. 
  • Talking to other māmā can really help. 

For more tips and advice about looking after yourself, visit the COVID-19 vaccine: Pregnancy and breastfeeding page on the Ministry of Health website.

COVID-19 vaccine: Pregnancy and breastfeeding