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COVID-19 Vaccine

The Covid-19 vaccine is FREE.
It is your choice to have the vaccine.
NZ has enough vaccines for EVERYONE who chooses to be vaccinated.
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  • The vaccine makes sure that if you get Covid-19 you will not be so sick that you will need to go to hospital or the Intensive Care Unit.

  • We are not sure if the vaccine stops you from passing the virus to someone else yet.

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  • Clinical trials with 40,000 participants have shown great success and 9 out of 10 people (90%) who got the vaccine were protected against the disease.

  • Hundreds of millions of doses of the Pfizer vaccine have now been given around the world, over 4 million doses have been given in Aotearoa.

  • Medsafe is a NZ agency that looks at all new medications that come into the country, including vaccines.

  • Medsafe has approved the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine for use because it is safe and effective.

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  • The vaccine is approved for people aged 12 years and older.

  • Most people with health conditions will be able to have the vaccine but speak to your GP or Nurse.

  • If you have diabetes, gout, asthma or high blood pressure you can have this vaccine.

  • Breastfeeding women can have the vaccine.

  • Pregnant women can have the vaccine.

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  • Every medical treatment can have side effects.  Most people who have the vaccine will not have side effects.

  • Common side effects like pain at the injection site, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches and fever can happen 24 hours afterwards.

  • You will be asked to wait for 15 minutes after the vaccine so the nurses can keep checking you and help if you have a reaction.

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  • Everyone in NZ who is aged 12 years and older can now book their Covid-19 vaccine.

  • You can book by

    • visiting

    • Calling the Covid-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26

    • Calling the Pacific Covid-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 21 12 21

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  • The vaccine has NO live coronavirus in it. 

  • The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine is an mRNA vaccine.  This means it DOES NOT enter the nucleus of the cell.  It cannot change your DNA. No genetic engineering is possible.

  • mRNA vaccines are not new. This type of vaccine was developed after the SARS-CoC-1 epidemic in 2003.  It is the same process used since the mid-1990s for personalised cancer treatments.

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  • When the vaccine is injected it makes a protein that stimulates your immune system to attack as if it was the virus. The body's immune system then stores this information it in its immune memory. So later on, when your body meets the real virus, it's already ready to fight it.

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