Answers to your Covid-19 vaccination questions
Whānau are getting vaccinated because it provides the most effective protection against COVID-19.
The higher our vaccination rates, the harder it is for the virus to spread. High vaccination rates give our whānau more freedom and enable the health system to focus on the other things we need it to do.
When we get vaccinated, we also protect people in our community who can’t get immunised.
It took a global effort to create the COVID-19 vaccines. But we didn’t start from scratch. Similar research into another virus (known as SARS) was already underway.
Other things helped.
- Large amounts of funding were invested in research and manufacturing.
- New technology was available.
- Researchers, scientists and manufacturers around the world worked together.
As a result, the vaccines could be made faster, while still making sure they went through all the safety checks.
- You will be asked to provide your details and to give consent.
- A fully trained vaccinator will give you the vaccine in your upper arm.
- You will need to stay for 15 minutes after being vaccinated.
- The vaccine and booster shots are free.
- Some mild side effects are common and are a sign your body is learning to fight the virus. Visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website for further information about common side effects.
You can receive a second dose or booster three weeks after your first one. Tamariki 5-11 need to wait eight weeks between doses.
If you’ve contracted COVID-19, you can get a vaccination three months after you have recovered. You need to wait three months for your body to develop an increased immune response and better protection in case you become reinfected with COVID-19.
Parents and caregivers can get their tamariki aged 5 and over immunised against COVID-19.
The Pfizer vaccine used for tamariki has the same ingredients as the one used for adults, but it is a smaller dose. Tamariki will need two doses to be fully protected. For most tamariki, the doses should be at least eight weeks apart.
At this time, there is no vaccine available for tamariki under 5.
Getting vaccinated is your choice
There are lots of ways we can protect against COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is one of them. The vaccine is especially important to protect those who are at higher risk of serious illness like our kuia and kaumātua.