MINISTRY OF HEALTH UPDATE – COVID19 VACCINE PROGRAMME
The following message is from the Ministry of Health:
There has been some new information released about COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public (Group 4). Vaccinations for this large group of people will start from 28 July 2020. Group 4 includes everybody in New Zealand aged 16 or over not already eligible for their vaccination in the rollout programme.
There are over 2 million people in Group 4 – that’s why we need to continue to carefully plan the rollout to keep everything running smoothly. We’ll be approaching the vaccination of this group in order of your age – starting with those over 60 years, then those over 55 years and so on – for the rest of the year.
It’s a simple approach, and it means we start with older people and work down. We will provide regular updates so people will know when it’s their turn.
We are still ahead of schedule and our focus remains on getting those in Group 3 booked and vaccinated, and those in Groups 1 and 2 continuing to get their vaccinations. Everyone in Group 3 will be invited to book their vaccination by the end of July.
From Wednesday 28 July people in Group 4 who are over 60 years old will be invited to book directly via the national online booking system ‘Book My Vaccine’ or a by calling a national 0800 number. Invitations will come via text, email, phone call or letter.
A whānau-centred approach to vaccinations continues – that means aiga and whānau can be vaccinated as a roopu. We will also continue to vaccinate whole remote communities at once, because it’s more efficient.
Inviting millions of people to be vaccinated will take us until the end of this year. There is enough vaccine for everyone, please be patient, your turn to get vaccinated will come.
Getting accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine and the rollout programme is important. You can get accurate and trusted information at www.covid19.govt.nz and www.health.govt.nz