Update 6 May 2021 - Group 3 being vaccinated from May


People who are at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19

If you’re in Group 3, you can expect an invitation to be vaccinated from your local DHB from late May. There are about 1.7 million people in Group 3, so you may not receive an invitation immediately.

With such a large group of people, DHBs need the flexibility to respond to the needs of their local communities. At times, this could mean vaccinating some priority groups ahead of others.

Most DHBs will start with people who are aged 75 or over, then move onto those with disabilities or relevant underlying health conditions.

Everyone aged 16 and over will have the opportunity to get vaccinated. No one will miss out.

You will be able to get more information on your local DHB’s website once vaccinations for Group 3 start.

We are currently vaccinating Group 2. You are in this group if you:

  • Are a high-risk frontline health or disability worker (see definition here (external website) )
  • 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
  • Live in the Counties Manukau DHB area and are over 65, have an underlying health condition or disability, are pregnant, or are in a custodial setting.

Our current focus, within Group 2, is on vaccinating frontline heath and disability workers. We started vaccinating this group in mid-April and will continue until the end of May. Actual timeframes may vary and it will be communicated if these timeframes are going to change.

Appointments for Group 2

If you are a frontline heath or disability worker, we will be in contact to invite you to be vaccinated. If you have not heard from us and believe you should have, please email covacc@midcentraldhb.govt.nz and we will ensure you are in our system.

For others in Group 2, when it is your turn to be vaccinated, MidCentral DHB will be in contact and will let you know how to make an appointment.

Vaccine roll-out plan

COVID-19 vaccination is free and voluntary for everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over, regardless of their visa or citizenship status.

We plan to:

  • supply enough vaccine to protect Aotearoa and the Pacific
  • protect Māori, Pacific peoples, and other groups at greater risk of COVID-19
  • make it easy for people to get vaccinated
  • put safety first with all COVID-19 vaccines
  • ensure we are prepared for future outbreaks
  • support New Zealand’s contribution to global well-being.

The best way to protect you, your kaumātua and whānau is to get vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health reports vaccine data on its website here. (external website)


Find out when you can get the COVID-19 vaccine

Click here to use this simple tool to find out when you can get a COVID-19 vaccine (external website) . Your result will tell you which group you’re probably in — Group 1, 2, 3, or 4 — depending on your age and situation. 

Applying for an early vaccine

If you need to travel outside of New Zealand, you can apply for an early COVID-19 vaccine on compassionate grounds or for reasons of national significance. Find out more about the criteria you will need to meet and how to apply (external website) .


More information

If you’re looking for reliable sources of information about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit: