Vaccines

We are currently vaccinating Group 2 and have started to vaccinate Group 3

You are in Group 2 if you:

  • are a high-risk frontline healthcare or disability worker
  • work in a long-term residential environment
  • live in long-term residential care
  • are an older Māori or Pacific person being cared for by whānau

You are in Group 3 if you:

  • are aged 65 years or older
  • aged 16 and over and have a relevant underlying health condition, which includes:
    • anyone with an eligible condition for the publicly-funded influenza vaccine
    • those with severe obesity
    • those with poorly controlled or severe hypertension and,
    • people diagnosed with a severe mental illness (which includes schizophrenia, bipolar and adults accessing secondary and tertiary mental health and addiction services).
  • have a disability
  • are pregnant
  • are an adult in a custodial setting

If you are in this group, you will be hearing from Taranaki DHB, your GP or other local health provider by the end of July inviting you to book an appointment. You do not need to do anything else at this stage.

I am in Group 2 – how do I get my vaccination?

If you are a frontline healthcare or disability worker and have not yet received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please call our booking hotline on 0800 55 11 30.

The lines can be very busy, please hold until you speak with a booking agent, or are asked to leave a message with your details so the team can call you back to make an appointment.

After you have received your first dose, you will be contacted to make an appointment to receive your second dose. There is a minimum 21-day time gap between the two doses, but you may not be contacted within this timeframe. There is no need for concern as this is just a minimum requirement – the vaccine will still be effective if the second dose is administered after this time.

I am in Group 3 - how do it get my vaccination?

If you are in this group, you will be hearing from Taranaki DHB, your GP or other local health provider by the end of July inviting you to book an appointment. You do not need to do anything else at this stage.

Once you receive your invitation, you will be able to go onto the national booking system online, or call the national call centre and book your appointment. Be aware that due to the number of people that want to vaccinated, appointments may not be available for six to eight weeks.

I am in Group 4 - how do it get my vaccination?

The general population rollout will start on July 28, when those in Group 4 can book appointments, and be broken down into age bands - starting with people aged 60 and over and then, from August 11, people aged 55 and over.

Depending on vaccine supply and progress with other age groups, invitations will open up to people aged 45 and over from mid to late August, mid to late September for people aged 35 and over, with everyone else being eligible from October.

How do I know which group I am in?

If you are not sure which group you belong to please use the Ministry of Health’s self-screening tool to help you work out which group you are in.

If you are included in Group 3 or 4, we will let you know when it is your turn and how to make an appointment. There is no need to be concerned as there is enough vaccine for everyone.

What if I need to be vaccinated urgently?

Anyone who is seeking early access to the vaccine must apply via the Ministry of Health.

Please find out more about eligibility and the application process here.

How will people know when it is their turn to receive a vaccine?

People in Group 3 will be hearing from Taranaki DHB, your GP or other local health provider by the end of July inviting them to book an appointment. They do not need to do anything else at this stage.

There will also be updates on local radio, social media and in your local newspaper.

How do people book an appointment?

Your invitation to book will contain all the details you need to book an appointment, along with a link and unique booking code.

Taranaki COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The Taranaki COVID-19 Vaccination Programme will extend an invite to everyone aged 16 and over in the Taranaki region to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

The roll-out is being managed by following the sequencing framework guideline laid down by the Ministry of Health, which ensures an effective and equitable delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Where will people go in Taranaki to get their vaccination?

Two main vaccination centres are now open – one in New Plymouth and one in Hāwera.

New Plymouth Vaccination Centre
109, Powderham Street (ground floor of the Baker Tilly Staples Rodway building), New Plymouth

 

Hāwera Vaccination Centre
TSB Hub, Camberwell Road, Hāwera

 

Mobile Vaccination Unit
There are also mobile outreach units which will be visiting residential homes, remote areas and pop-up vaccination clinics, if needed.

How will people know when it is their turn to receive a vaccine?

We will tell you when the programme is vaccinating your group. Please tune into your local radio, check out social media, keep an eye on your local newspaper and look out for updates.

How do people book an appointment?

A national booking system is currently being set up. Once it goes live, we will be able to tell you the process for booking your appointment.

For more information

The Ministry of Health website has lots of information and resources about the COVID-19 virus, the national vaccination programme, answers to many questions about the vaccine itself, data and statistics of how the vaccination programme is looking nationally and more!
Check it out at COVID-19: Vaccines | Ministry of Health NZ

See some of the frequently asked questions here.

  • What to expect

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  • FAQs


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  • More FAQs


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  • Vaccine info


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  • 3 March First COVID-19 vaccination in Taranaki

    Our public health nurses were the first to get a COVID-19 vaccination this week in preparation for the Vaccination Programme roll out starting in Taranaki. It’s important our nurses are protected before they start vaccinating. Here’s our clinical nurse coordinator Rachel Court taking one for the team!

    Taranaki border workers will be some of the first people to get the free COVID-19 vaccine, with around 60 workers booked in for vaccination appointments already.


Important websites

covid19.govt.nz
www.health.govt.nz

For COVID-19 vaccine enquiries email

covidvacenquiries@tdhb.org.nz

COVID-19 Healthline number

0800 358 5453