COVID-19 has changed our lives and tikanga.
COVID-19 remains a serious threat to our health and wellbeing. It is especially important to safeguard our kaumātua, hapū Māmā and others who are more likely to get seriously ill if they catch COVID-19.
When everyone who can get vaccinated does get vaccinated, we'll be able to reconnect more with the people we love and we'll have more freedom to do the things we love like travel and attend large hui without restrictions.
Seek out trusted sources of information and have a kōrero with your whānau, hapū, iwi and community about why the vaccine, and other measures such as face coverings, will help protect us all against COVID-19.
When can tamariki aged 5-11 get immunised?
Tamariki aged 5-11 are now able to get a children's version of the Pzifer vaccine. It is a lower dose and a smaller volume than the Pzifer vaccine given to adults.
Tamariki need two doses of the vaccine to be fully protected, and it's recommended that they are at least eight weeks apart.
Immunisations are an important tool in keeping our tamariki safe. It protects us from many serious diseases and stops disease spreading. In Aotearoa, children can get immunised against 12 diseases, including whooping cough, measles and polio.
While COVID-19 generally has milder effects in tamariki, with symptoms being similar to a cold, some become severely ill and require hospitalisation. Like adults, if your tamariki are infected with COVID-19 they may give it to other people. Immunising 5 to 11-year-old tamariki helps protect whānau members whose health may make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, or tamariki under five who cannot get vaccinated yet.
For more information got to karawhiua.nz/frequently-asked-questions
Information on booking:
From 17th January, parents or caregivers can go to a walk-in clinic with their tamariki or use BookMyVaccine.nz to get immunised with their usual health provider, hauora, or GP.
If you want to book for more than one child or you’re unable to book online, you can call the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) and we’ll make the booking for you and answer any questions. You can ask for a Māori advisor.
For tāngata whaikaha, the disability team is available Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm. They will support your whānau and can book an immunisation appointment for you.
Once vaccinated, it is still important to keep up these practices:
- If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in your region, follow the rules. Find more information here
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Use the NZ COVID tracer app (including turning on Bluetooth)
- Wear a face covering on public transport and when you can't maintain physical distance from others, like in crowded spaces. Find out more information here
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
- Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms