Covid-19 Vaccinations

 

 

Find out about the COVID-19 vaccine process. Who can get a vaccine, when you can get it, how to get the vaccine and what to expect before, after and on the day. CLICK HERE

Why getting vaccinated is important

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus. It’s one way we can fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the welfare and wellbeing of our communities.

By having the vaccine you’ll be playing your part to protect Aotearoa. The free COVID-19 vaccine will help protect the team of five million, and safeguard Aotearoa. It will save lives.

Gaps between different vaccinations

If you’re also getting a flu or measles vaccine, you’ll need to wait at least:

  • 2 weeks between the COVID-19 vaccine and influenza (flu) vaccine
  • 4 weeks between the COVID-19 vaccine and the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine (if you get the MMR vaccine first)
  • 2 weeks between the COVID-19 vaccine and the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine (if you get the COVID-19 vaccine first)

How the vaccine works

Vaccines work by teaching the body’s immune system to respond quickly to infection without being exposed to the infection itself.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is known as a ‘messenger RNA’ vaccine. These vaccines don’t use virus cells at all – instead, they contain a piece of RNA code that essentially teaches your body to recognise the virus. It can respond straight away if you get infected.

The vaccine won’t give you COVID-19 or affect your DNA

It will not give you COVID-19 and it will not affect your DNA or genes. It does not contain any live virus, or dead or deactivated virus.

Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine

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