Paediatric Vaccine (5-11 year olds) Information

Last updated 25 January 2022

Children aged 5 - 11 years old are now able to receive a paediatric version of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine by attending a walk-in clinic or by making a booked appointment. 

The paediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine are smaller than the ones used for people over age 12 – a child dose is only one third of the adult dose. 

The vaccine is free and safe. 

Children under 12 years old can only be vaccinated with the consent of their parent or caregiver. We encourage whānau to discuss vaccination with their tamariki so that everyone understands the decision they are making for tamariki under 12 years old.

Paediatric vaccinations are available from the Palmerston North Central Site (38 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North), the Horowhenua Events Centre, and at a number of general practice, Iwi and Māori providers and pharmacies. 

We anticipate that our COVID-19 vaccination sites will be busier than usual with the 5-11 year old demographic now eligible. To minimise wait time at walk-in sites, whānau can book an appointment time at (external website)  or by calling the COVID Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. 

More clinics offering the paediatric vaccination will become available over the coming weeks. For more information and to find a clinic offering the paediatric vaccination near you visit (external website)


Please note: all clinics are operating under Red COVID-19 Protection Framework guidelines. Please remember to bring and wear your mask and sign into the clinic using the QR code or sign-in sheet provided.