Everyone in New Zealand is eligible for free COVID-19 vaccination, regardless of their visa or citizenship status. Any information collected will not be used for immigration purposes.

The Ministry of Health are expecting enough vaccines for everyone in New Zealand – over 5 million people. It will not be mandatory for the general public. You can choose whether to get vaccinated.

Vaccines will be rolled out through a COVID-19 Immunisation programme as supply becomes available.

How is the roll-out going in the MidCentral district?

In the MidCentral region we started offering vaccinations on 25 March 2021, to close household contacts of tier 1 members at Linton Military Camp. 

On 14-15 April 2021 we started to offer vaccination to tier 2 members, including: high risk frontline health and disability workers and Māori and Iwi health providers. 

Following this, those in tier 3 will be offered the vaccination through fixed site clinics and general practice teams in early July. This includes people aged over 65, people with underlying health conditions or disabilities and those in custodial settings. Everyone else is considered part of tier four and should expect to be vaccinated from August onwards.

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

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