COVID-19 vaccination update 23 July 2021

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We are currently offering vaccination to people in Groups 1, 2 and 3. We have completed vaccination clinics for all rest homes in Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough and have started to vaccinate people in their homes if they are not able to leave their house easily.

Vaccination for people in Groups 1, 2 and 3 will continue until late July when we will start to offer it to people in Group 4. We are currently providing approximately 4,500 vaccines a week and plan to gradually increase this to the point we are offering approximately 12,500 a week from late August onwards.

As at 20 July, 68,367 doses of the free Pfizer BioNTech vaccine have been administered in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region since vaccination started on 1 March 2021. 29,339 of these are second doses. We are currently achieving 157% of our target as reported on the Ministry of Health website. 

What to do if you are in Group 3

If you’re in Groups 1, 2 and 3 and haven’t booked your vaccination, call the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days) to book.

A carer or relative can book a vaccination on your behalf. Translation services are available if you need them.

What to expect when you call

If the COVID Vaccination Healthline is busy when you call, you will be given an estimate of how long the wait time will be. Then you can choose to wait for an operator or call back at a more convenient time if you prefer.

Booking your vaccination over the phone will take around 15 minutes.

When you call, it’s a good idea to have your NHI (National Health Index) number ready to make the booking process quicker. You’ll find your NHI number on a prescription or prescription receipt, x-ray or test result, or a letter from the hospital.

What to do if you are in Group 4

From 28 July people in Group 4 will be invited to book directly via the national online booking system ‘Book My Vaccine’ or a by calling a national 0800 number.

The Group 4 roll-out is phased by age bands, starting with those who are over 60 years old, but everyone in Group 4 can register their details with ‘Book My Vaccine’ from 28 July. Once bookings are open for your age group you will be contacted to let you know it’s your turn to book. People in Groups 1, 2 and 3 can also use the national booking system also if they still haven’t had their vaccine by then.

There will be advertising at both a national and local level to help make these national booking system contact details known. Locally, we will still retain our booking centre teams to support the national systems. We will also continue to contact people directly using contact details held by their GP – by text messaging, phone calls to landlines, email and – if all else fails – letters.

For more information about the vaccine, go to the main information page on this website.

What about the flu vaccine?

The 2021 flu vaccine is also currently available for free from your GP, medical centre nurse, Māori health provider and participating pharmacies for:

  • people aged 65+
  • pregnant women (any stage of pregnancy)
  • children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness
  • people under 65 years with any of the medical conditions listed on this webpage

For further information go to the Health Navigator website, talk to your GP or phone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863)

The Ministry of Health recommends a two-week gap between getting your flu vaccine and your of COVID-19 vaccine.

Should I get my flu shot first or my COVID-19 vaccine? 

Get your COVID-19 vaccine first if you already have an appointment booked, otherwise get your flu shot first. Leave a gap of two weeks between the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine.

Getting the right information matters

Be aware of incorrect information on social media and websites. Disinformation is also circulating in the form of pamphlets; if it’s not from Unite Against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health or Te Puni Kokiri it might not be trustworthy.

You can get accurate, evidence-based information from: