COVID-19 vaccine roll-out groups for Waikato
When will I be vaccinated?
The COVID-19 vaccination rollout is well underway in the Waikato DHB rohe.
Our priority is still to vaccinate Groups 1 and 2 which are our key frontline health and border workers, Māori and Pacific people 65 years and older, their households and carers and those in long-term residential care.
Group 3 vaccinations are currently underway in the Waikato. This is approximately 100,000 people so will be done in stages over the next few months. This will be followed by Group 4.
Below is the latest information on the timeline for the vaccination roll-out.
Group 1 - currently being vaccinated
Border and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers
The first people to be vaccinated are people working at the border or in MIQ, and the people they live with (household contacts).
People in Group 1 can get early access to a vaccine because border and MIQ workers are most at risk of contracting COVID-19. Vaccinating this group first will also potentially reduce the risk of transmission in the community.
Group 2 - currently being vaccinated
High-risk frontline workers and people living in high-risk places
You are in this group if you:
- are a high-risk frontline healthcare workers (public or private)
- work in a long-term residential environment
- live in long-term residential care and are 16 or over
- are an older Māori or Pacific person being cared for by whānau
- live with or care for a Māori or Pacific person aged 65 and over
Group 3 - will receive an invitation to book their vaccine before the end of July
People who are at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
You’re in this group if you are:
- are aged 65 or over, or
- have a relevant underlying health condition, or
- are disabled, or
- are in a position of caring for a person with a disability, or
- are pregnant (any trimester), or
- are an adult in a custodial setting
People in Group 3 can get early access to a vaccine because:
- we know that age and certain underlying health conditions and disabilities mean that it is much more likely that people will get very sick they catch COVID-19
- international evidence has shown that COVID-19 can spread quickly among people in custody
When it is your turn, you will receive an invitation to book an appointment from the Waikato DHB, your GP, a Māori or Pacific health provider, or from a disability organisation.
In the meantime, it may be helpful to check your contact details are up-to-date with your GP or healthcare provider so you can receive your invitation.
Group 4 - being vaccinated from 28 July
Everyone aged 16 and over
You're in this group if you're aged 16 and over and haven't been eligible for a vaccination yet.
We'll start vaccinating the general population (Group 4) from 28 July. Everyone in this group will have the opportunity to get vaccinated by the end of the year.
There are more than 2 million people in this group across New Zealand. We need to make sure everyone can have their turn, and we need to pace how we roll vaccinations out.
The vaccine rollout for Group 4 will be in age bands
The first age band is people aged 60 years and over. If you're in this age band you become eligible for your COVID-19 vaccination from 28 July.
The next age band will be everyone aged 55 years and over. Bookings for this age band will open 2 weeks later, on 11 August.
Everyone else will follow in age bands through until the end of 2021. Once it’s your turn, you can be vaccinated at any time — there’s no cut off.
The exact start dates of other age bands depend on the timings of our vaccine deliveries. The Government will announce new start dates as soon as deliveries are confirmed.
Why you're in this group
Group 4 are being vaccinated from 28 July because, before we vaccinate the wider population, we need to protect the people who are:
- most at risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
- most at risk of becoming seriously ill or even dying if they get the virus.
Everyone will have the opportunity to protect themselves, their whānau and our communities.