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Who can get vaccinated?

... vaccinated if they are 16 years and older. However, with each phase of the vaccine rollout, certain groups will receive the vaccination at different times.

If you have serious health conditions, please check with your family doctor first. 

See our COVID-19 vaccination page for more details of the rollout schedule and updates for Waikato.

Is it safe for older people and people with other health conditions?

It is very important that older people and those with underlying health conditions get vaccinated because they are more at risk of the harmful effects of COVID-19 than other groups.

Most people who are immunocompromised, have cancer or other chronic illnesses, can be vaccinated.

A very small group of people cannot be vaccinated, but your health conditions and medications will be reviewed before you receive your vaccine.

Booking a COVID-19 vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout is well underway in the Waikato DHB rohe.

Our immunity against COVID-19 is incredibly important and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you, your whānau and your community. The vaccine is free and there’s enough vaccine for everyone. To make the vaccination process flow smoothly, we’re rolling out in age bands.

When can I book my vaccination?Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand will be able to get the vaccine. With such a large group of people, to make th...

COVID-19 vaccination workers

As the COVID-19 vaccination programme begins to ramp up, we're looking to significantly boost our teams of vaccinators, admin staff and kai manaaki. We'd love for you to join us in this important mahi to help protect Aotearoa/New Zealand against COVID-19.

We have some great opportunities for the right people, though there are some specific requirements for the role we have available.

AdministratorWe're looking for administrators to support the vaccination programme by booking ap...

Possible side effects

As with any vaccine, you may experience side effects. It’s important to know that this does not mean that you have COVID-19. What this means is that your body is building up your protection to COVID-19.

If you are unsure about your symptoms or they get worse, talk to your family doctor or call Healthline 0800 358 5453.

What you may feel
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Pain at the injection site, headache and fatigue are the most commonly reported reactions.
Place a cold, wet cloth or ice...

How is swabbing done?

You will be greeted by healthcare staff wearing personal protective equipment.

At the drive-thru/walk-thru centre, you will be asked COVID-19 screening questions to work out if a swab is needed (this can be done over the phone by Healthline). A swab may be done in a dedicated testing space by staff or from inside your car.

If you visit your General Practitioner, they may be operating slightly differently and be using green / yellow / red zones to streamline and manage people with or without re...

Can I get the MMR and flu vaccinations before or after I get the COVID-19 vaccination?

It’s advised that if you are wanting to get the MMR vaccination before your Pfizer vaccination or after your second dose, that you allow 4 weeks.

For the flu vaccination, it’s 2 weeks.

If you wish to receive any other vaccinations after receiving your Pfizer vaccination, you will need to do so 2 weeks after your second dose. Please check with your family doctor or other health professional before any vaccination.

Patient advocates

COVID-19: Visitor policy in Alert Level 1
Click here for more informationThe national Health and Disability Advocacy network provides a free service and can assist you to resolve your complaint about a health or disability service.

Health and Disability Advocacy
www.advocacy.org.nz
0800 555 050

 

June 2020

Summary of Consumer Council Meeting - June 2020

With the Director of Communications attending the hui updates were provided around the shifting to the recovery phase of Covid 19 and the channels of communication that have now been set in place.  There are means in place to ensure the community are updated the resumption of services.

The Consumer Council are looking to increase their profile within the community so there is an awareness of what they do and how the community can be involved.

W...