The Covid-19 vaccine is FREE.

It is your choice to have the vaccine.

NZ will have enough vaccine for EVERYONE who chooses to be vaccinated.

Watch the short video above or read through the information below for simple

answers to the Covid-19 vaccine questions that many people have been asking.  


This Covid-19 Vaccine Information is available in English and Samoan for you to download and print as A3 or A4, 2-page posters or handouts.


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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.

  • 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 16 years and older as people under 16 years were not included in the clinical trials.

  • 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 were not part of the clinical trials, however this is underway now. If you are pregnant you should speak to your GP or Nurse. If you work in a high-risk area, they will talk through the benefits/risks and advise the best approach.

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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 20 minutes after the vaccine so the nurses can keep checking you and help if you have a reaction.

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  • The Government want those MOST at risk to be the first group vaccinated.

  • Group 1 (February - March 2021)

    50,000 border and MIQ workers, and the people they live with.

  • Group 2 (February - May 2021)

    Approximately 480,000 frontline workers and people living in high-risk settings. Anyone living in the Counties-Manukau DHB area who is 65 years and older or who has an underlying health condition. This recognises the risk posed by the many border operations and MIQ facilities in this region.

  • Group 3 (May 2021 onwards)

    Priority populations: people over 65 years or people with underlying health conditions or disabilities who are at higher risk of severe outcomes if they catch COVID-19 (approximately 1.7 million people).

  • Group 4 (second half of 2021)

    The remainder of the population - everyone over 16-years-old (approximately 2 million people).

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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 inside 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.

When can I get my

Covid, Flu & Measles Vaccines?

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