Vaccines are free to everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over. The government has launched a plan for how the vaccine roll out will work for COVID-19. Vaccines are voluntary so you will not be forced to have a vaccine.

There is a plan for who will get vaccinated and when. Individuals can easily identify when they can get the vaccine through quick online questionaire. “Workers” being vaccinated in the plan includes both paid and unpaid workers.

Vaccination groups

There are four key groups within the roll-out:

  • Group 1 – Border and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers and the people they live with.
  • Group 2 – High-risk frontline workers and people living in high-risk places
  • Group 3 – People who are at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19
  • Group 4 – General population

High-risk frontline healthcare services

Those who work in high-risk frontline healthcare services are being vaccinated now.  This includes:

  • COVID-19 testing and vaccination services
  • contact tracing
  • ambulance services
  • urgent care clinics
  • accident and emergency departments
  • primary care
  • community mental health and addictions services
  • inpatient, ambulatory, outpatient hospital-based publicly funded services
  • community and home-based healthcare services, including those provided by NGOs or iwi
  • hospital and community diagnostics – eg radiology, laboratories
  • pharmacies
  • mother and child well-being services (community maternity and Well Child/Tamariki Ora)
  • community public health teams, including outreach immunisation services
  • home care support, including aged care and disability support services
  • hospice care
  • DHB COVID-19 incident management teams
  • health students working on clinical placements.

Access further Ministry of Health information on high-risk frontline healthcare workers here.

Getting the vaccine

If you’re a high-risk frontline healthcare worker, you should get an invitation to be vaccinated from your employer or organisation, your local DHB or health provider. If you have not received an invitation by mid-April, speak to your employer/organisation or contact your local DHB.

Key information sources

Be sure to check out the following information sites for developments and detailed information: