When can I get my vaccine?

Last updated 8 September 2021

Everyone in New Zealand aged 12 and over will be in 1 of 4 groups for their COVID-19 vaccinations. People at greater risk will get vaccinated first.

We are curerntly inviting anyone aged 12 and over to book their vaccination appointment. 

Group 1 — currently being vaccinated

Border and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers.

The first people to be vaccinated are people working at the border or in MIQ, and the people they live with (household contacts).


Group 2 — currently being vaccinated

High-risk frontline workers and people living in high-risk places.

You are in this group if you:

-  are a high-risk frontline healthcare workers

-  work in a long-term residential environment

-  live in long-term residential care and are 16 or over

-  are an older Māori or Pacific person being cared for by whānau

-  live with or care for an older Māori or Pacific person

-  live in the Counties Manukau DHB area and are 65 or over, have an underlying health condition or disability, are pregnant, or are in a custodial setting.

If you fit into Group 1 or 2, as above, you are eligible to receive your vaccination for COVID-19 now.

Group 3 — currently being vaccinated

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

You’re in this group if you:

  • are aged 65 or over
  • have a relevant underlying health condition
  • are disabled
  • are in a position of caring for a person with a disability
  • are pregnant (any trimester)
  • are an adult in a custodial setting.

People in Group 3 can get early access to a vaccine because:

  • we know that age and certain underlying health conditions and disabilities mean that it is much more likely that people will get very sick if they catch COVID-19
  • international evidence has shown that COVID-19 can spread quickly among people in custody.

Relevant underlying health conditions include:

  • serious and chronic respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • chronic kidney/renal disease
  • diabetes
  • coronary heart conditions
  • stroke
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • cancer, excluding basal and squamous skin cancers if not invasive.

If you’re pregnant, it doesn’t matter which stage of the pregnancy you’re in.


Group 4 — currently being vaccinated


You’re in this group if you’re aged 12 or over. 

The vaccine rollout for Group 4 will be in age bands

As of Wednesday 25 August, we are vaccinating everyone aged 30 and over — they can book their vaccination appointments now.

We’ll continue to update this page as other age groups become eligible.

Once it’s your turn, you can be vaccinated at any time — there’s no cut-off.


If you’re in Group 4, you will be notified when it’s your turn to book your vaccine.  

You can expect a booking invitation from the Ministry of Health or your health provider. Invitations could come by text, email, phone call, or letter. If you’re eligible, you don’t have to wait for an invitation in order to book. 

A carer or relative can book a vaccination on your behalf. You can also make vaccination bookings for anyone aged 12 and over in your whānau by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. Translation services are available if you need them.  


To book your free COVID-19 vaccine now, go to: bookmyvaccine.nz (external website) or phone
0800 28 29 26 free of charge (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week). 


Register now so we have your correct details

You can register your details on Book My Vaccine (external website) now. This means that when it’s your turn, we will have your most up-to-date contact details and can send you an invitation to book your vaccinations.

Register at Book my Vaccine (external website)


Remember, you will be notified when it's your turn to receive your vaccination.