Covid-19 Vaccine update: July 2021

As of 14 July 2021, 564,789 New Zealanders have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (which is about 11.5% of the total population), while more than 839,554 people have had their first does of the vaccine.

New Zealand is now vaccinating around 100,000 people a week. Vaccinations are well underway in the majority of DHBs for people in Group 3 but don’t fret if you haven’t received your invitation yet: there are well over 1 million people in this group so the invitation may be slower to arrive than expected. The Ministry of Health website says that people in Group 3 will be invited to book their vaccination by the end of July.

What happens when it is my turn?

Each district health board (DHB) around New Zealand is managing the rollout of the vaccine in their area. Exactly how and when people are contacted may differ between regions.

Vaccinations will be available at a range of locations, including pop-up centres, GPs, Māori and Pacific healthcare providers, mobile clinics and community clinics.

Click on your DHB from the list below to get updates from your region: 

North Island

South Island

If you’re not sure which district health board (DHB) provides services for your area, check the Ministry of Health website.

Ministry of Health — My DHB

Find more information here

Group 4 vaccinations to start from July 28

Bookings for people in Group 4 (everyone aged 16 and over who has not yet been eligible for a vaccination) will be invited to book vaccines from 28 July, based on age bands:

  • The first age band is people aged 60 years and over — they will be able to book their vaccinations from 28 July.
  • The next age band is people aged 55 and over — bookings for this age band will open 2 weeks later, on 11 August.

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

If you’re in Group 4, you’ll be able to book using the new national booking system, Book My Vaccine, or by phoning the national booking 0800 number. This service will be live from 28 July.

Once it’s your turn, you can be vaccinated at any time — there’s no cut off. Everyone in this group will have the opportunity to get vaccinated by the end of the year.

I’m due to receive a flu vaccine too – can I have the Covid-19 and flu vaccines together?

It’s important to understand that you need two weeks between getting the flu jab and getting your Covid vaccine. Having a gap between different types of vaccinations helps authorities be sure about any side effects that may occur.

This means:

If you already have an appointment for your Covid-19 vaccination, get this first. 

You can have your flu immunisation two weeks or more after your second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. If you don’t have an appointment booked for your Covid-19 vaccination, you can get your influenza immunisation.

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